As in Israel, Austria continues to prepare for the meeting between the two teams tomorrow (21:45, here 11) at the stadium in Haifa. The local media interviewed former Israeli national team coach Andy Herzog, who worked under the current blue.and.whites coach, Willy Rotensteiner, who then served as technical director. The Austrian remembered Israel’s big 2: 4 from the last time the two teams met in Israel, and of course warned against Eran Zehavi.
“Out of ten kicking situations, Zahavi scores eight,” Herzog said of the Israeli star. “Today he is the biggest superstar in Israeli football.” Zehavi’s former coach added: “He made a lot more money from players like Arnautboych when he played in China, but he is a professional at the highest levels, so he returned to Europe – he wanted to get to the Champions League again. Unfortunately, he could not do that with Eindhoven.” –
Herzog also referred to Zehavi’s performance in the lineup of Willy Rotensteiner, who he claims did not change too much in this context than he did during his time as coach. “He doesn’t have too many options beyond continuing the same way we believed then when we worked together, when I was the coach and he was the technical director.
In conclusion, Herzog shared his opinion regarding tomorrow’s game between his homeland team and the team he coached until recently: “They want to perform, they will be able to play very well, we saw that then, when they won 2: 4. Austria should have led 0: 2, but then we conceded two goals and the result could at this point also be 1: 5 for them.“