Mircea Lucescu: We felt the support of our fans
Press conference by Shakhtar head coach after the game against Metalist.
- It is hard to comment on anything at the score of 5-0. We had difficulties before scoring the opener. The opponents defended in a good, organised way. We had an advantage, but didn’t always find the right scoring chances in the final phase of attack. After the goal by Rakits’kyy who enjoyed a bit of luck, everything started happening differently on the pitch. Metalist had to expose themselves, with more open spaces available, through which we conducted our blistering attacks. Therefore, we found it somewhat easier. The score corresponds to the developments on the field. At the same time, the Metalist coach has got some tough time. Besides the fact that he should form a new team, as far as I know, they have been facing some financial issues. Perhaps, they have not received their salaries for quite a while at Metalist. In such a situation, it is very difficult for the coach to secure the players’ right attitude. As for positive points, I want to note Metalist fans, although they have not been as numerous as previously. But still, the players felt the support throughout the game. Meanwhile, we are delighted at the fact that here in Kharkiv today, we have probably had the largest group of our fans! We heard their support, which, to some extent, made the team more enthusiastic about it, making the players charge forward. Much time has passed since we saw them last time, and we felt that. Talking about our preparations for Real Madrid, we got a great workload and positive emotions today. Unlike the Ukrainian league, where Shakhtar attack all the time, in the Champions League we often have to play defensively. In this regard, I am pondering what to do. Because we are not used to defending in the domestic league. The Ukrainian teams aren’t particularly good at it, actually none of them are.