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Gennadiy Orbu: In the match vs Braga, they need maximum concentration

Wednesday, April 13, 2016



Shakhtar midfielder of the 1990s-2000s talks about the upcoming return leg against Braga

- I expect the encounter in Lviv to be much harder than the first meeting. Just remember the same difficult home game of the Champions League qualifying round against Rapid this season. I am saying this because the Donetsk side need maximum concentration, they must not get complacent.

- Can the Pitmen’s advantage be called comfortable given the outcome of the first meeting?
- That victory does not give any guarantee of advancing to the semi-finals, although that’s about a 50 percent success rate. It is important for Shakhtar to score first to get a psychological advantage.

- In five European club cup away games, Braga scored just three goals. What does that mean?
- Statistics is more for a paperwork, since each match can spring a surprise. Mircea Lucescu must have analysed all parameters and he knows how his charges should act. I think that Shakhtar are among the favourites of the current Europa League edition, along with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.

 - Can Braga risk it all in Lviv?
- They hardly can. If they play without defending, they can get across the Donetsk counterattacking moves, in which Marlos and Taison feel at home.

 - The Pitmen have had another loss at centre-back. How will Rakits’kyy’s absence affect Shakhtar’s performance?
- Well, they managed to win away without Kucher. At a side like Shakhtar, the whole team play, not just individual players.