Van Leeuwen, who guided Maccabi to a victory and a draw in the first two matches in the group, said: “This is not a team we had met in the past, which means that we must be a 100% prepared to face an unknown team in terms of football. This is what we have been doing over the past few days to ensure that we are a 100% prepared”.

On the fact his side will play on an artificial pitch, van Leeuwen added: “This is not new to our players, but at the same time not a surface they are used to on a weekly basis. The players should adapt now during the session and it will be OK”.

Sheran Yeini also spoke about the weather conditions and the playing surface as he added: “We had played on artificial pitches in the past and this is not new to us, but we will have to adapt to the conditions. I believe that we will be fine”.

On the importance of the match on the group, the veteran captain added: “It is a critical match in my eyes and I hope the result will go in our favour”