Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
What has changed at Maccabi Tel Aviv?
Since the historical appearance at the Champions League Group Stage in 2004, Maccabi Tel Aviv has gone through stormy moments and lack of of achievements for its tradition in Israeli football. The Galacticos fiasco, the troubled Klinger dismissal, the humiliating defeat to Santa Coloma, plus poor signings, poor handling with youth players and many managements mess the club has finally appeared to normalize.
Mitch Goldhar has assumed as boss and in his quiet style has given the necessaary tranquility for fan favourite Avi Nimni to rebuild the team and aim a long term process. The patience has made its own as the team has played good football and have been consistent managing to close on Hapoel Tel Aviv for a second place spot one week and half before the derby.
The yellow and blue are almost certain to be in European competition nex season and the future looks bright.
What has changed at Maccabi Tel Aviv? Is this a just a small coincidence?