Perhaps for the first time this season, Maccabi Haifa coach Arik Benado looked
helpless following Sunday’s surprise defeat to Hapoel Haifa.
Even as the
frustrating results began to pile up, the 39-year-old coach, who guided Haifa to
the runners-up position last season after replacing Reuven Atar, continued to
He insisted Haifa has an excellent squad, that the
players are training well and that it will only be a matter of time until they
manage to turn things around.
However, following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to
its cross-town rival at Kiryat Eliezer Stadium, Benado looked almost
“We are simply not good enough at the moment,” admitted the
“This is not what we planned or expected, but we will do
everything to fix it.”
Haifa was considered to be the main challenger for
reigning-champion Maccabi Tel Aviv at the start of the season, but no one at the
club is dreaming of lifting the league title at the moment, with the Greens
currently sitting in 10th place with eight points from seven matches, 11 points
behind the surging yellow-and-blue.
Haifa visits Hapoel Ra’anana in
Netanya on Saturday, with the latter so far losing just one of its first seven
Hapoel Haifa, which climbed up to third place with the derby
win, will look to build on the momentum when it hosts Ironi Kiryat Shmona on
Saturday, while Beitar Jerusalem welcomes Bnei Yehuda.
Ashdod SC visits Maccabi Petah Tikva and Bnei Sakhnin faces Hapoel Ramat
Hapoel Tel Aviv hosts Hapoel Acre on Sunday, while Maccabi Tel
Aviv travels down south to face second-placed Hapoel Beersheba on Monday.
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