Nothing new in Israeli group stage struggles

The disappointment following the 2-0 defeat to Dynamo Kiev at Haifa Stadium was palpable, but a quick look at previous Israeli participation in the Champions League group stage reveals that Maccabi Tel Aviv is only following a pattern set by its local predecessors.

Maccabi remained in last place in Group G with zero points and a 0-6 goal difference after being outplayed for a second straight match, following the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in its group opener at Stamford Bridge.

While the drubbing in London against the English champion was almost treated as a given, the three-time reigning Israeli champion entered Tuesday’s encounter truly confident of kick-starting its campaign.


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