Shakhtar vs Volyn: players’ view

Players of the Donetsk team have reflected on the victory over Volyn.

Marlos, Shakhtar midfielder:
- A difficult match. Volyn played tight in defence, and it was difficult to carve their defence open. But we managed to do it and win! I am very glad to have managed to score twice. We all know that Alex Teixeira is the most important footballer in our team, and now he is going through a good period in his football life, he scores a lot of goals. Therefore, we were well aware that today, in his absence, we had to score – it was the only way to win this game. Again, I am very happy that I sealed a brace. We interplayed with Bernard well. He's a great performer, who more and more understands the technique of Shakhtar. So when we play together, many things get better and better. Plus we are very pleased that there are so many of our team in Zaporizhzhya. We have had great support in this place every time we would come here. A sincere thank you to the fans for it!

Andriy Pyatov, Shakhtar goalkeeper:
- Honestly, today I barely had any work. But we remember how difficult the matches with Volyn are for us. We played well! From the first minutes we began to create chances, which turned into goals. We were 3-0 up after the first half, and in the second period we wrapped the game up. Mister demands that we do not stop and lose concentration. If we play like this in the coming games, then we will surely win. Each match brings more confidence to Marlos, Bernard and the other players. Some of our players attract interest from good clubs so in the future it is the players we count on. For example, Fred and Dentinho in the centre of midfield is not an experiment, it was prepared. Today Stepanenko was absent, but the guys coped properly. Kucher and Srna will miss the next game... But we have players to replace them: all the players prove that they are first-team players.

Ismaily, Shakhtar defender:
- Despite the fact that I am the defender, it is very important to go forward, connect to the attacks. We all need to score goals. This is what Mister demands. In the episode with a goal scored, this combination was streamlined in training. We know where to go and how to hit to score a goal. Even when it was 4-0 we tried to attack. This is also the coaching instruction - to score as many goals as possible. But in fact the game was not easy. As soon as we netted the first goal, the opposing team opened up and went forward. So we exploited free zones. So maybe the game looked easy. In reality it was not so.