Mircea Lucescu: The first goal confused us
Press conference by Shakhtar head coach after the match against PSG.
- The result is very amusing. I think we did not deserve it. For me it was important that we had left a good impression after tonight's game. We played two very important opponents: Real Madrid and PSG – those are the teams being just created to play in the Champions League! They have brought together the players with great experience aged 25-30, who showcase great performance. While our team’s midfield is represented by just young boys aged 18 to 23. In the very beginning, we got confused by Aurier’s goal, breaking the rhythm of the game. Then Gladkyy and Kucher wasted their chances. At half-time I told the players to take more risks, to dominate, to launch attacks. Unfortunately, we failed to score, even though we had the opportunities, the game pattern has changed. Our young players really tried, but did it hastily. Not everything worked in this match. PSG won just deservedly. They superbly converted their chances: three shots – three goals. We will be playing for the third spot. Even showing a very good football, we can’t compete head to head with Real Madrid and PSG.