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Sousa's high hopes as Maccabi host Eintracht

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 19.43CET
Eintracht Frankfurt have won all three Group F ties to earn a five-point lead but Paulo Sousa believes Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC can turn the tables on their matchday three conquerors.
by Mark Laingold
from Tel Aviv
Sousa's high hopes as Maccabi host Eintracht
Maccabi coach Paulo Sousa ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

M. Tel-AvivEintracht Frankfurt

Goals scored7
 
18
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts71
 
111
on target30
 
43
off target23
 
46
blocked18
 
22
against woodwork0
1
Corners32
 
37
Offsides23
 
14
Yellow cards15
 
18
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed109
 
124
Fouls suffered78
 
122
Passes3718
 
3474
completed3060
 
2873

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Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 19.43CET

Sousa's high hopes as Maccabi host Eintracht

Eintracht Frankfurt have won all three Group F ties to earn a five-point lead but Paulo Sousa believes Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC can turn the tables on their matchday three conquerors.

Paulo Sousa has "high hopes" as his Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC side look to derail section leaders Eintracht Frankfurt in the fourth round of UEFA Europa League Group F matches.

The Israeli team were beaten 2-0 in Germany two weeks ago as Eintracht recorded their third win in as many outings to open up a five-point lead in the standings. Sousa's charges remain second, however, and with four victories from five home games in all competitions this season – and only one goal conceded – the coach believes an upset could be in the air.

"I am a very positive coach and a dreamer so I have high hopes for this match," Sousa explained. "However, we can't avoid the truth – even if Frankfurt make changes, we must be realistic. Our leagues are at different levels though we still have home advantage. We have a chance of progressing after winning at Bordeaux [on matchday two]. That has really given us the possibility of advancing."

Maccabi are top of the Israeli Premier League and, despite Monday's 3-2 defeat at Hapoel Beer Sheva FC, have let in just four goals in their eight league fixtures this term. "After losing on Monday we are ready for Frankfurt, it's our home stadium and we are feeling brave with the backing of our crowd," said Sousa.

Defender Eytan Tibi added: "We go into each game looking to win and past defeats have no effect on us. We will play our own game; we play as the coach has prepared us to play. The media have called us the best defensive team in the league, but it's too early in the season for this."

Eintracht – 15th in the Bundesliga – also lost at the weekend, 2-1 at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday, defender Johannes Flum explaining: "In the last league game we didn't concentrate, but we'll improve here. We are representing our fans and Germany."

Coach Armin Veh also thinks an improvement is necessary despite his squad's lofty European position, noting: "Maybe the win last time out looked easy, but it wasn't. We haven't been doing well recently but we have the chance to reach the knockout phase and Maccabi know that. Both sides are keen to succeed." The Eintracht boss is without a number of players due to illness, but said: "Any changes will be tactical to adapt to the opposition. I give the same amount of respect to every team we play."

Last updated: 06/11/13 20.15CET

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