Serhiy Kovalyov: All Spaniards like to attack

Tuesday, April 26, 2016



Shakhtar midfielder of the 1990-2000's shared his take on the upcoming match of Donetsk in the Europa League

- First of all, I expect the team who have reached the competition semi-finals, to go neck and neck with the opponents. I suppose that there will be numerous challenges for the ball and fluid action.

- Based on your experience, what can we expect from Sevilla?
- Spanish clubs practise technical football. Almost all of them like to attack. I do not think that Sevilla will drop deep and play on the counter. As for me, they will try to move quickly from defence to attack. Especially as Sevilla have some top attacking players. At the same time, Shakhtar boast some great attacking players. They include Taison and Marlos, who will get some scoring chances.

- The charges of Unai Emery have produced some disappointing away results. At the same time, maximum reserve for yourself? Or maybe you will have to play more accurately?
- Of course, it is important to secure a good advantage at home. But at the same time, it is necessary to do everything to possible for the boys to play in a compact defensive manner. Besides, Shakhtar have already proved that he can score away from home. I assume that there will be many points to score in the first and in the second match.

 In the Ukrainian League, fighting for gold and silver medals is over. This means that now the Donetsk team will focus on the Europa League?
- I am sure that even if nothing was clear in the domestic league, the Pitmen would have approached the upcoming semi-final with great focus. Now, the Europa League just gives you a chance to secure the Champions League berth. Therefore, from the first second of the match, there must be full concentration and readiness to achieve a positive result.