Maccabi Tel Aviv and Cluj measure forces at Winner Stadium, in a second leg for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (2nd Qualifying Round), after the victory at Cluj’s home by (1-0) in the first leg .
Maccabi Tel Aviv:
After the defeat in the first leg, the home team arrives at this desicive game at a disadvantage, since it needs to recover 1 goal of disadvantage and has not scored any goal outside in the previous match. In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Maccabi Tel Aviv won 6, drew 3 and lost 1. Their attack has scored regularly, as they scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: he suffered 5 of his 8 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
Maccabi Tel Aviv was defeated in the first leg, away from home, by the score of 1×0, so he now needs a victory by two or more goals to stay in the competition. Acting now at home, Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to attack enough to score the goals he needs to confirm his place in the next round. The coach must present in the field the best players available for this match.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, but suffered 0 goals at home in the first leg. In the last game he played for League I, he won Dinamo Bucureşti at home by (1‑0). In its last 10 away games, the Cluj records 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 16 of their last 31 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 23 in 31 have ended with Under 2,5 goals.
The Cluj has managed to beat the first leg, along with its fans, and now plays for a draw to advance to the next round. To play now away from home, the Cluj team must present a strong defensive scheme, thus seeking to endure the owners of the house, but without giving up the attack, to try to score goals away from home. The coach should not have great absences for this duel, so he must present a very competitive team in the field.