U21. Volyn vs Shakhtar: Pitmen’s pre-match comments

Shakhtar U21 players has shared their views about the start of the season and talked about their preparation for the game with Volyn.

Artyom Gabelok, Shakhtar midfielder:

- It was important to win in the first round against Oleksandriya. Still, it was clear that our teamwork was not very streamlined. We will try to show good football in this match. Volyn’s players are strong physically. They are tall, they defend very well. It will be hard for us to beat them physically, so through combinations, ball control, better organisation, we will try to carve their defence open. Last season, we managed to beat the Lutsk side a big score. Back then we converted all our scoring opportunities. But now it does not matter. All of us are set to continue winning streak in the league.

Rostislav Rusin, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- After a successful start to the championship, the team are in a good mood, even though we were not very satisfied with the game. Coaches stressed our errors. It is necessary to switch quickly from defence to attack, move more on the field and make ourselves available for passes. In general, I think we're 90 per cent ready, although the match with Volyn will show. But the motivation for this game is sky high. The Lutsk side always gear up for the Pitmen, imposing challenges in every area of ​​the field. We understand that in the match against us some first team players of Volyn may take part in, so the game will probably be more difficult than last season. We will try to quickly recover the ball and improvise in the attack. If we show our best quality, we are sure to win.