Metalist vs Shakhtar: players’ comments
After defeating Metalist, players of the Donetsk team have shared their views on the match.
Olexandr Gladkyy, Shakhtar forward:
- The goal is dedicated, of course, to my wife and our newborn son. The wife gave me a tremendous gift, I was the happiest man, and I really wanted to score. I would like to thank the guys for sacrificing their positions to make passes to me. I was overwhelmed with emotions; maybe that's why in some episodes I failed to convert clear chances. Especially since I had not scored in the league for a long time, so for me it was important to score today. In general, we expected such a game, knowing that Metalist are a good team with a good coach; they display decent football, so we were gearing up for a tough game. I think that with Oleksandr Sevidov taking over at Metalist, this team have a great future.
Yaroslav Rakytskyy, Shakhtar defender:
- First of all, I would like to congratulate Oleksandr Gladkyy on the birth of his son and on scoring a goal. As for the game, we really wanted to win this game, so even the central defenders went forward to score. Me and Sasha Kucher were just in the right place at the right time. I was not thinking about the beauty of a goal scored, the main thing was just to score. I took a powerful shot and hit the target. It is good that we won and earned three points. Also, I managed to make a goal-assist. When I delivered a cross to the far post, I knew that someone was in that position. Kucher always runs there during dead-ball situations. In addition, today we had good support from the crowd; I would like it to be so in every game. I believe that today's result will help us in terms of positive attitude ahead of the Real Madrid clash. We will study the Madrid team, as well as analysing the goals against Metalist, draw certain conclusions and demonstrate it in Spain.
Oleksandr Kucher, Shakhtar defender:
- We have achieved a good result. All the guys have felt the game, and we want to keep that mood in the following matches. Today we had a lot of chances. I scored thanks to Yaroslav, who made a great pass to the far post which provided me with an easy finish. In general, today it was clear that we were operating in a streamlined manner; we combined well, controlling the ball. I would note the crowd support! Kharkiv fans know us. As far as I know, the fans are friendly with each other. So today they were great.
Alex Teixeira, Shakhtar midfielder:
- Today, not only attacking players, but the defenders took part in many attacking moves that led to goals too. Yarik Rakitskiy always tries to use the opportunity to pass the ball into the middle of the pitch or join the attack at pace. He loves it. But in other moments we acted depending on the situation. We managed to orchestrate excellent combinations, after which we scored. Today Metalist went forward often too and thus giving us space that we exploited. We also tried to make goal assists to Gladkyy. Mister set me as a penalty kick taker, because I am competing to become the top scorer. But then, after all, Oleksandr managed to score his goal, thus marking the birth of his son. We all congratulated him, we are very happy for him. This victory doesn’t make us feel complacent at all, because we know of what level our next opponents are. We have three days to understand how to play against Real Madrid. In this sense, a victory over Metalist is a big positive.