UEFA Europa League
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Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:00 PM
Alan Patrick (31) Tete (90)
February 18, Tel Aviv, Bloomfield Stadium, 22:00
Shakhtar were preparing for the season’s second stage at the training camp in Turkey, and on February 14 they played their firstcompetitive match this year -vs Kolos in Kyiv (0-0). Immediately after the final whistle, the coaching staff turned their attention to the Europa League. For several days, in addition to training on the field in Sviatoshyno, the players were provided with all the necessary information about their opponents in the first round of the UEFA Europa League knockout stage.
At noon on February 17, Shakhtar’s plane landed in Israel (23 players on the squad list), and on the same evening Luis Castro and Manor Solomon gave a press conference before the team’s 50-minute session at the Bloomfield Stadium. Tel Aviv met the Miners with rainy weather - about the sameweather is expected during the match.
MaccabiTel Aviv claimed the second spot in the Europa League group 1, making it past Sivasspor and Qarabag. The Yellows defeated the Turks away (2-1) and at home (1-0), also scoring four points against the champions of Azerbaijan (1-0, 1-1). TheSpanishVillarreal proved the best in the quartet without any surprises.
In the Israeli league, Maccabi tel Aviv won nine of their last 10 games, with the team’s current winning streak lasting for six rounds now. At the same timein February, the Tel Aviv outfit claimed three narrow 1-0 wins over Hapoel Beer Sheva,BneiSakhninandHapoelKfarSaba. In the standings, our opponents are two points adrift of the leaders MaccabiHaifa.
And the main highlight of the Round of 32 clash, of course, is the encounter of Patrick van Leeuwen with Shakhtar. The Dutch specialistwho was formerly in charge of the Shakhtar Academy, took over as head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv in December after the departure of Giorgos Donis, making great progress so far. Patrick pointed out that the team are ready to showcasetheir every strength.
Maccabi TA Vs. Shakhtar history
UEFA Europa League
Referee: Francois Letexier