Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to winning ways as they came back from a goal behind on the way to a 3-1 victory away to Ironi Kiryat Shmona. Under the guidance of Barak Itzhaki, Head of the Football Department who guided the side as interim coach, Maccabi collected three points as he summed up his first match incharge:

“Whoever deals with football must always know how to deal with pressure. We never thought we would start the league in this way but now we have to correct it. We will do so together and with a lit of hard work. There were spells in the first half that we didn’t play well which is something we need to improve. At the end of the day the players are under pressure as well and know what is expected of them. I am delighted they stepped up and did that as they deserve it as do the fans who traveled all this way and never stopped supporting us”.

On his role as Interim Coach, Itzhali added: “As someone who is part of this organisation I can say that we have a very strong structure and I hope this game will help us for the future. We are in the middle of a process of finding a new Head Coach and when we will have something to announce on the subject we will do so”.