U19. Shakhtar vs Real Madrid: players’ view

The Donetsk team players reflect on the match against Real Madrid.

Andriy Boryachuk, Shakhtar U19 forward:

- We all are upset at the moment, but we must forget this game and prepare for the next encounters. Against all the odds, the impression of the match is good. We opposed the quality team, featuring some very skilful players. Naturally, we were expecting that kind of game - compared to our previous meeting with Real Madrid, nothing has changed: the opponents played the same passing game and had control of the ball, being a purely Spanish team. We were inferior to them in transitions, tactically and, of course, technically. I think that after those matches, each of us realized certain things for themselves and drew the appropriate conclusions. Especially as we are facing a difficult game against PSG, which we must win. Shakhtar are a mentally stable team, so losing to Real Madrid won’t affect us, we will work hard to prepare for the meeting with the French.

Oleksandr Zubkov, Shakhtar U19 forward:

- In the first half, the game was even: Real Madrid were more lucky in some episodes, while we lacked concentration before the break. In the second half we took the field being also charged, we could have scored even at 2-3, and who knows how things would have developed then ... We will analyze this meeting, correct our mistakes and try to take revenge in the game against PSG for the home defeat.