Hoverla vs Shakhtar: players’ view

After a game with, the Pitmen have shared their views about the match.

Marlos, Shakhtar’s goalkeeper:

- This time it was getting difficult since the very start of the trip to Uzhgorod; it took a lot of time to get there. But the biggest problem, even in comparison with our trip - is the condition of the pitch! But we came out on the field, managed to overcome the cold, fatigue to achieve the desired result. I will say this: when we were preparing for this match, we knew what to expect from the opponents, we knew that technique would be enough to beat Hoverla –we had to show physical football. And we won. As for my goal after a cross from Alex, I often worked on such actions in training – it is simulated.

Darijo Srna, Shakhtar’s captain:

- After the Champions League, I said that we had to switch over to the league. We travelled here with problems, but our team showed character and a good game, not on the best of the fields. We are professionals! It's an honour to wear Shakhtar’s shirt, so it does not matter whether we travelled on the bus or flying on a plane. The main thing is that we arrived on time, we were not afraid of the weather conditions and took the three points. Hoverla are a good team with a lot of Dynamo players: they have special motivation for the matches with us. But, again, today we looked good. Although Hoverla are always tough opponents for us. We remember the last away match, when during the game the score was 3:3, but we went on to win 7-3!

Fred, Shakhtar’s midfielder:

- In spite of a very difficult journey, we have achieved a positive result – a win. Believe me, it was hard to do that on such a field. Nevertheless, we took three points and would continue in the same spirit. Shakhtar are very strong, we are fighting for the league title - that's our motivation. Last season, we were not the first, so now we make every effort to avoid past mistakes.