Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Vladimir Ivic stood on the sidelines and watched his players deliver an emphatic 3-0 victory over Hapoel in the big city Derby at Bloomfield but warned of more tough matches in the upcoming playoff phase.

“We took charge after a tentative start and had chances to score but most important is that we created many opportunities and played as we wanted. We deserved this win, we were the better team.”

The Serb said that while it was important to finish the league in first place ahead of the playoff stage, the remainder of the season would still be tough.

“There will be six very strong teams and every game will be like a Derby.”