"It’s nonsense that i should have crushed a table there and made the players cry," the austrian told the "bild" newspaper. "What player would cry when the coach criticized him?? None! And why should i trample a table? It doesn’t suit me at all."
After the 3-2 defeat in slovenia, it was reported in israeli media that the former bundesliga pro had also kicked bottles in anger and lashed out at his professionals after the slovenians scored the late winner. "I came into the dressing room after the press conference, and our technical director, willi ruttensteiner, had just spoken to the players," he said. "I then spent a minute clearly telling the team that we can never be satisfied with a defeat." It was already "noisy and emotional". "Quite clearly," said herzog.
Among those who cried was 20-year-old manor solomon – but immediately after the final whistle. The latter asked him: "coach, when will we finally be rewarded for our work??", reported herzog. "I took him in my arms and said: ‘you’re still so young, you just have to believe in it!’ some players were crying, yes! Because they were deprived and empty!"
The israelis, who are hoping for their first major tournament since 1970, are fourth in the group G table. Only the group winner and the group runner-up draw the direct european championship ticket. As sixth in season C of the 2018 nations league, the israelis still have a good chance of making it to a playoff round in march 2020.