Maccabi Tel Aviv finished tonight (Thursday) with 0: 0 against Spartak Tarnava in the first game of the third qualifying round of the Conference League. The Yellows were better than the Slovak rival, but failed to score and will try to complete the promotion next Thursday in Bloomfield.
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Patrick Van Leven He said after the game: “I am not happy with the result. From my point of view, with the opportunities we created in the first and second half we had to score at least three goals. The positive points from the game are that we were dominant on the field in this away game. .
On the pace of the game that dropped in the last third of the game, the coach said: “I think in the first half we played at a very high pace and at the break we decided to continue at that pace also in the opening of the second half. We managed to hold that pace for another 20 minutes. “We continued to control the pace of the game even as we lowered it later. I look at the situations we created today which is positive for us as a coaching staff, but also an opportunity for the fans watching us at this stage of the season opener. We should have made better use of our situations.”
On the ability shown by Spartak Tarnava, the Dutchman said: “I think we surprised our opponent at the pace of the game and it hurt them in the game plan. They kept fighting it was something we were aware of these abilities so we chose to open the game at a high pace and not let them play We succeeded in that – we prevented them from getting into situations and we managed to score ourselves. “
On the preparations for the rematch: “I think our attitude to the game will be similar to the preparations we had for the first game – to play according to our planning and win the game. We will of course address the abilities and qualities of our opponent but we must first believe in our strength.”