Mac TA looking for first points against Kiev

After the humbling defeat at Chelsea in its group stage opener, Maccabi Tel Aviv wants to first and foremost prove that it truly belongs in the Champions League when it hosts Dynamo Kiev at Haifa Stadium on Tuesday night.

The three-time reigning Israeli champion was thoroughly outplayed in the 4-0 loss to Chelsea in London two weeks ago, looking for large periods like a team that was in over its head in European soccer’s showcase club competition.

Nevertheless, Maccabi players remained confident that it was a combination of nerves and of the level of the opponent that resulted in the apt showing in Stamford Bridge and that the rest of the campaign will look very different.


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