Lechia vs Shakhtar: players’ opinion
Players of the Donetsk team have reflected on the match with Poles.
Andriy Pyatov, Shakhtar’s goalkeeper:
- I had not gone through 17 penalty kicks before! took a penalty for the first time. I did not even realize that it was my turn to take the spot kick. Of course, this match will remain in memory. In general, my job is to make saves, not to score. Today, however, I think it was harder for goalkeepers because the guys took great penalty kicks, but we failed to succeed in the end. But, of course, it is better not to bring the game to a penalty shootout but decide everything in the normal time. Especially since we had chances, as an episode in the final minute. But that's football. Plus, we are at the training camp – tiredness, certain lack of concentration may have affected our performance. The main thing is that we are moving in the right direction. Naturally, we wanted to reach the final, because we always play to win. On the other hand, well, we kept a clean sheet. I want to face Monaco in the third-place match. They take part in the Champions League, I think that it will be a good game.
Alex Teixeira, Shakhtar’s midfielder:
- Such a penalty shootout! It will surely go down in history, it is such a record! Andriy Pyatov stepped up to take the penalty-kick himself. He is a top guy, he can be trusted! As for the match, it was a good match with a good opponent. It was clear that both teams tried their best. But, unfortunately, we did not reach the final. And there is no need to blame anyone; we just had to be more concentrated in the final phases. But let’s not forget that we are at the training camp and these are friendly games. I am sure that they will help us prepare well for the Ukrainian league and become even stronger.