After three embarrassing losses in the preseason games, Hapoel Tel Aviv will open tomorrow (Saturday at 7 p.m.) The 2020/21 season when it will host MS Ashdod in the first round of the Toto Cup. Before the game, professional advisor Moshe Sinai, coach Nir Klinger and star Omri Altman talked about the feelings and difficulties at a festive press conference.
Chinese He opened his words: “It’s always exciting to start a new season, but this time it’s a little different from any previous season, because of the Corona of course. This is a different preparation and the preparation period is very short, but we prepared and made the adjustments and the things we think can help the group. I think we will be ready for the league on the move and that’s what matters. The preparation of course is not ideal and given that the foreigners are in isolation, the training should be gradual and with proper thinking. We prepared, but we will need patience, because the body needs its time.
“As a club, we need to change the noises and everything that happens off the pitch. On the pitch, it’s already the role of the players and I strongly believe in this team. We will need patience to reach the level we want and expect. A lot is said about the group and what is happening in it, but whoever is here and knows how things are going, I am not saying that they are being conducted in the best way in the world, but under the conditions that exist it is definitely good. What you hear outside is not necessarily what is happening here. We try to do things in a professional way that will serve the fans and the club. “
On leaving Degani: “This matter has gone out of proportion. I was present at the conversation with owner Sharon Nisnov and with Uriel and I think he got everything he asked for. The thing that interested him the most was to leave abroad for free. I think he got it and I was very surprised to be given such a thing. We did everything to keep him at Hapoel Tel Aviv, but I can not get into his calculations and pocket. 10 thousand or 20 thousand more, each has his own economic calculations. I personally would have behaved differently from Ural, but it’s me and not him, things are really not right and we did everything to keep him in the team. “
About Hapoel Tel Aviv fans: “When the Hapoel crowd supports, it gives everyone strength. We understand that the fans express their anger when it does not go, it is clear to us, but I can tell them that we will do everything to make the team ready and strong mentally and also in terms of results. I believe in the group and its construction, but it’s a matter of time. In a day or two it is impossible to get into shape and set tactics. As time goes on, the team will be good and I am convinced of that. “
the coach Nir Klinger He added: “At the beginning of the season it is important that the professional team speaks mainly to our fans. I do not intend to deal with all the surrounding issues, such as control and association – it’s not my business. I want to provide professional information especially to our fans, which is what is most important to them and I know they sit at home and read and are interested and parts care. It is important that we put things professionally in place. There is no doubt that the whole last period since the end of the league has not been easy for us. I think it was not easy for all the teams, but in the case of Hapoel Tel Aviv it was a little more complex. All the reasons are more or less known.
“Professionally, during the preparation period, we really had to deal with a very, very short staff and with players not playing in their positions because we were lacking. We are aware of this and are concerned if necessary to produce confidence for the rest of the way. This means that when I look ahead, I see Hapoel Tel Aviv, when everyone arrives and the foreigners get in shape, and it takes time, we will have a strong team. Our new brake is expected to land and I hope to complete the signing of another brake next week. The rest of the players will get into shape, in addition to players like Altman and the rest who continue with us. I say with full confidence that we will have a good team and I do not hide behind the fact that things may go harder in the Toto Cup.
“We did not go through control and we have to use all sorts of combinations to find the right lineups. In the end, the bottom line, the ultimate goal, is to open the league against Kfar Saba at the end of August, to arrive super ready, strong and full of confidence. We feel we will have a strong team. Poor preparation seen from the outside will not be an excuse. I’m not a man of excuses. We work hard in training, it’s true not with the players I would like to see in a normal situation, it’s not there, but it’s the situation. Even if we need another two weeks to get the players in shape. “
“With the base from last year, we will eventually reach a goal that is the opening game of the league. This is a rather strange preparation period and everything is being done to close the gap. I see this as a great challenge. Things do not always go easily. Hapoel is a huge club and we need to keep it that way. It seems from the outside that there is a mess, but the conditions here are great and the players get everything they need. If we succeed in completing the task of purchasing players and doing the fitness work for those who need it, I have no doubt that we will put together a strong team that will respectfully represent the Hapoel Tel Aviv name. This is my way and that is what I am aiming for. The easiest is to come and say eat me, drink me, I leave, I come, not good for me; This is not my style, I will fight to the end with the guys who are my right hand like Altman and other players who give backing. I wish all of us, the Hapoel Tel Aviv family, a successful season with good energies. ”
Altman He concluded: “We made the best preparation possible depending on the circumstances. We barely had any freedom, so I don’t care that the fitness of whoever played in the top playoffs was compromised. The professional staff does a great job. We look forward to opening the season, it’s always exciting and fun. There are a lot of expectations and I think the team will be very competitive and will strive very high. I hope we achieve our goals which are higher than last year. I definitely believe in the staff and the new players that have arrived. I think and believe they have improved the team and it will be better and more competitive. We aim high.
“You will see a good team here that plays good football and brings results. I get the full confidence from Nir, which is the most important thing. I feel good and ready. I think a lot of good players came, especially the foreigners who are very impressive to us in training. I do not think the team will be built just on me, there are excellent players here and the team is balanced and good. I love pressure and have fun coping with expectations and achieving the goals of the team. I am always ready for the task and hope that we will meet it. “
Meanwhile, after the Reds have already signed eight new players to the squad, today (Friday) the club announced that striker Shachar Hirsch has signed for another season in its ranks.
As you may recall, the 27-year-old Hirsch started the current season as a rotation player under Nisso Avitan, but tore the crossbar in the ninth league round, and in fact has not recorded an official game since November. After the signing, the striker said: “I am happy to continue at a club that has already become a home for me. I underwent a difficult rehabilitation. “
“I thank the management, Moshe Sinai and Nir Klinger for trusting me. The accompaniment during this period and the good feeling they gave me. This is an important season for the club and also for me personally and I will do everything so that we can meet the many challenges we face. “
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