Mircea Lucescu: It’s important to preserve Arena Lviv pitch for Real Madrid match

Our website has already reported that the match between Shakhtar and Volyn will take place in Zaporizhzhya. Why has this city been chosen for the game? We turned with this question to the Pitmen’s head coach Mircea Lucescu.

- It is solely my decision. First of all, it has to do with the desire to preserve the Arena Lviv pitch before the match with Real Madrid. In the coming days the field of the Lviv stadium will be under greater load. The Ukraine national team will play their game here on 14 November. On 24 November, before the Champions League game, both teams will hold their training sessions there as supposed by the regulations. If the Arena Lviv hosts the match between Shakhtar and Volyn on 21 November, the pitch will be simply destroyed before the game with Real Madrid, which will take place on 25 November. It won’t be only a blow to the image of the club, but it will also pose danger to the players’ health, because it is easy to pick up an injury on a poor pitch - Mircea Lucescu explains.

- Why have you opted for Zaporizhzhya?
- Because today the pitch at the Slavutych-Arena is the best in Ukraine. Yes, a game will take place the next day after our match. But groundsmen assured us that the field of the Zaporizhzhya stadium would cope with this load without any problems.