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Maccabi Haifa Braces for Upcoming Europa League Match Against Villarreal

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Salman Khan
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Maccabi Haifa Braces for Upcoming Europa League Match Against Villarreal

In the highly anticipated third matchday of the Europa League group stage, Maccabi Haifa gears up to contest against Villarreal. The match is scheduled for Wednesday at 22:00, with the team's final training session happening this morning. Despite multiple absences from the team's lineup, the coach maintains a strategy of rotation, keeping the players' spirits high for the upcoming match.

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A Tense Build-up to the Match

The build-up to the match is fraught with challenges for Maccabi Haifa, as key players Manuel "Sho" Kapomnah and Sean Goldberg were absent from yesterday's light training session, and are unlikely to take part in the game against Villarreal. The coach, Massay Dego, also has to contend with the absence of Charon Cherry, who left for the Netherlands due to personal reasons, and injuries to Dolav Haziza, Eric Sgurov, and Dia Saba.

Coach Dego’s Strategy

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Despite these setbacks, Dego is not deterred. He plans to continue with his rotation policy for the team's lineup, showcasing his confidence in the team's abilities. Players Lior Rafaelov and Dean David, who previously scored in the victory against Hapoel Be'er Sheva, are expected to start. Moreover, Rami Gershon, Maor Kandil, and Sun Podgoreanu, who sat out the last game, might also get some playing time.

Hope Amidst Adversity

Despite an uphill battle, Maccabi Haifa still has a realistic chance to finish third in the group stage and continue in the European competition. They trail by three points behind Panathinaikos, with a head-to-head match awaiting in the final game of the group. With one less game played, a successful outcome in Spain could significantly close the gap.

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