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

Players of Shakhtar U21 have told about the preparation for the game, which will take place on July 31 in Schaslyve.

Dmytro Steflyuk, Shakhtar’s defender:

- The last match with Volyn became my debut game in the youth league. This is a new step in my career as Shakhtar U21 are the first team’s reserve. The level of the tournament is high enough, because we face not only our peers, but also some of the players of the Premier League. Although, I am not a stranger to it, because last season I played against experienced players in the third division at Shakhtar-3. As for the next opponents, I think we should play as we did against Volyn on the road: defend well, orchestrate rapid attacks. If we show our best qualities, everything will pan out well.

Vladyslav Bugay, Shakhtar’s forward:

- During our preparation for the Hoverla game coaches ask us to be more dynamic, play quicker with the ball, close down quicker, move more actively.  We are working on the above aspects, trying to improve them. The Uzhgorod side can choose defensive tactics, so we will need to carve open their defence. The league start has proved to be good for us, but it is only the beginning. We will give our all to continue winning streak.