“As far as we are concerned everything is still wide open, we will arrive at Bloomfield stadium and do our job” Baltaxa said. With a two-point deficit from the summit, the left sided central defender who knows that only a Maccabi victory together with a Haifa slip-up could lead to a dramatic end of a season, remained hopeful: “We will focus on ourselves and whatever needs to happen will happen. It is no longer in our hands, but I believe that just like people didn’t give us much of a chance ahead of the Maccabi Haifa game, anything can happen at the other match”.

On his first ever call-up to the Israel national team, Baltaxa added: “I was extremely excited by the call-up, but I am focused on the two important matches we still have to play. This is a dream of every kid making his first footballing footsteps, so now I can tick that box, but from here making progress is the next step as I still have many targets to achieve”.