Full steam ahead

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

Real at bay with a se­ries of fine saves.

L’Equipe boss Stern com­mented: “I was so proud of the boys. We fielded a de­pleted team and were miss­ing our two top scor­ers, but seem­ingly noth­ing stops us this year.”

“The at­ti­tude the team showed, the be­lief they have, even when our backs are against the ropes, is some­thing very spe­cial.

“A lot of re­spect to Real Hen­don who shouldn’t be in the po­si­tion they are based on the views of the ma­jor­ity of my team. But a team like us has the be­lief and con­fi­dence that we will win no mat­ter what and again that is some­thing very spe­cial. We know how close we are but that’s still all it is for the mo­ment.”

Gi­lad Kesten­baum and Raph Noe reg­is­tered for Real and player-man­ager Chaim Gothold in­sisted his team de­served more.

“I’ve got no idea how we lost,” he said. “We were camped in their half for the fi­nal 30 min­utes but due to a mix­ture of bad luck and out­stand­ing goal­keep­ing we couldn’t force the draw or win which we would have de­served.

“Credit to them though as they took their chances and de­fended res­o­lutely.”

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