Teams: Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Ajax, MTK Budapest, Israel
Hapoel had a good draw IMO. The ideal group to try to qualify would be Group D where it play against Panathinaikos and Kobenhavn.
The other three teams are better and more traditional, but like mentioned in a nother thread they aren`t the super teams like Barcelona, Inter, Manchester, Chelsea etc....
If they games were held at Bloomfield I would certainly say here that Hapoel would win all of them or get 7 points. Guess we underestimate ourselves and our strength especially playing at home.
The good part is that the other teams will certainly count Hapoel out of the race and don`t give an importance to the reds and right there Gutman and co. should surprise.
First game at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon against Benfica a perfect scenario for Hapoel, Benfica will come all out and exposed for a fast counterattack led by Shechter and Sahar. Vermut and Zahavi give the tone in midfield controling the ball, while Benfica has a more paced game and might get nerved by Hapoel ball playing.
Let´s see, expectations are good, a third place is realistic.