Maccabi Tel Aviv face PSV Eindhoven on Thursday for the first leg of the Conference League Round of 32 match at the Philips stadium. Maccabi reached the knockout phase of the Conference League at the first time of asking as Mladen Krstajic and Sheran Yeini spoke of what the team should expect at the Philips stadium that will hold a third of its 35,000 capacity

Watch Mladen Krstajic speak ahead of the match:


Yeini: “We are waiting for such matches”

Sheran Yeini, who made the most appearances for Maccabi in European competitions, said ahead of the match: “We are waiting for such matches. Representing your club in European competitions is amazing – we just wait for such matches as this is the reason why we play football, to play at such stadiums and against such clubs. We are ready for the challenge. We like to challenge ourselves every time and are ready to fight. We know that PSV are an excellent side but we came here to show who we are”.

The veteran Maccabi captain then spoke about the meeting with former teammate, Eran Zahavi, who currently plays for PSV, as he added: “He is a close friend, as we all know how successful he is. We appreciate him and wish him all the best, to continue scoring goals as long as he doesn’t score against us. He knows us very well and I am sure he briefed the PSV staff about who and what we are. They will be ready, but so will we”