Dynamo vs Shakhtar: players’ comments

After beating Dynamo, players of the Donetsk team have shared their opinions on the match.

Alex Teixeira, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- If you compare this meeting with the Ukrainian Cup final match, I would say that the game was the same. In that match, we were short of luck and today we showed good football. We showcased Shakhtar’s strength! Many have asked me why I did not take a penalty kick... In the dressing room Mister said: ‘If there is a penalty kick, Darijo will take it’. Now the captain must show the strength of the whole team. And Dario did it! Today I took to the pitch in the status of vice-captain in an official match for the first time. It is very important for me. Still, I have been at Shakhtar for more than five years, I know all the guys, we understand each other and respect. If there is a problem on the field or off it, the players are always coming up to me or Mister. And I help everybody.

Taison, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- I want to congratulate our team. We are strong, and today we proved it! Well, we have started this season in a proper way. Despite the fact that some important players left us, we will still show our strength! Today was a derby, and in these games you can see who is better. The first half was good, and you could see how we played in the closing stages of the second half. I want to congratulate Darijo and Bernard on their goals!

Bernard, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- I am very glad that I have managed to return to score a goal in my very first match after the operation. The team are happy, I want to congratulate all! Guys did a good job, they played well today. We will continue in the same spirit in the future. We felt that today the fans were behind us; the team were met at the hotel. It is a great motivation for us; it always gears up for a positive result.