Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
Israel opponents in the WC qualifier.
Well, our first games in the qualifiers will be in approximately in three months time and our two main opponents to qualify for the WC in South Africa have lost their both games and were the only teams left out of the competition with two rounds played.
The Swiss showed some good moments, but nothing special. They lost their main striker Alexander Frei in the first half of the first game and this really had some blow on their offensive part. Their defense which is their main point didn´t look so solid the same way their keeper Benaglio. Hakan Yakin is a good player in midfield and creates some danger, including a goal against Turkey.
IMO i thought Derdiyok entered very well in the Swiss team and could also be a problem for the Israeli defense in the qualifiers if Frei can´t recover in time for the clash in September.
We have a more talented and technical side than Switzerland and certainly they will play a rough game just like they did with Turkey. When the game was on normal condidtions the Turks were better using their speed and technique, but when the rain began the Swiss mor used to that climate and to a physicall game dominated the game. Israel would be more or less on the Turkish style and let´s cheer for no rain in our match.
Regarding the Greeks, they were really far away from the dangerous team that shocked Europe four years ago. Even with most of the players knowing eachother they seemed to depend a lot on the old British style of crosses in the box to Charisteas and Amanatidis. They have good players, but it seemed they weren´t well positioned. Also a very physical team that Israel will have to watch the set-to-pieces. Their defense is their best point. Individually Greece has a more technical team than Switzerland. But from what they showed in this Euro, Israel has conditions to surprise and to win especially playing in Tel Aviv.
I still consider the Greek game the most tough, our battle will still be with the Swiss, but in a long time we don´t have a chance like this to qualify for the WC.