Dan Glazer is expected to line up against Hapoel in Monday’s Tel Aviv home Derby at Bloomfield (kickoff 20:15) and he spoke to reporters at the pre-match news conference.

“We are preparing for this clash like any other game,” said Glazer said.

“I have been at Maccabi since age six and I know the significance of this match, it’s very important for us and for the fans but we must concentrate on the important things and to focus on the game. This is the most emotional game in the Israeli football calendar and we are planning to deliver on the pitch.” 

Glazer said that the team were focusing only on their own abilities and were not taking any notice of their opponents’ situation in the standings.

“We know that Hapoel are very, very tough opponents. I watched them play against Beitar Jerusalem and they looked good. We are expecting a tough match but the coach has prepared us for the situation and we hope that it will make the difference.”

“We have reached the business end of the season and every match is like a cup final. It’s also an important game for Hapoel. We have been preparing for this and we are always in anticipation of such a fixture, since we have been kids. Other clubs are always highly motivated to do well against Maccabi but it also makes us want to win.

“I have been involved in many soccer events in my life as a kid, but it was always my dream to play in the Derby for the senior team and I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing, although we need to put all the hype aside and concentrate on what’s important in order to win.”