Maccabi Tel Aviv enters the pre-season Winner Cup with plenty to prove. The preparation tournament is mainly meant to help teams gear up for the new season. However, after what happened last team, Maccabi is desperate for any piece of silverware it can get its hands on.
Maccabi, which faces Ironi Ness Ziona in the quarterfinals in the new arena in Holon on Thursday, was knocked out in the BSL semifinals for the first time since 1993 last season and ended the campaign with just one title, the State Cup.
The yellow-and-blue also lost to Hapoel Jerusalem in the Winner Cup final last year and is determined not to let any local trophy slip its grasp, even if it is only a pre-season tournament.