Group stage an eye-opening experience for Maccabi

Maccabi Tel Aviv sporting director Jordi Cruyff said the team’s Champions League experience “opened his eyes” regarding the magnitude of the gaps between Israeli soccer and Europe’s best.

The three-time defending Israeli champion dropped to its fifth defeat in five matches on Tuesday night, losing 4-0 to Chelsea at Haifa Stadium, taking its combined goal difference to a humbling 1-15.

Maccabi caps its campaign with a visit to Dynamo Kiev in two weeks, but Cruyff has already set his sights on what needs to be done to ensure the team can give the continent’s top sides a real run for their money.


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