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Srna: The most important thing is Shakhtar's win

Friday, August 19, 2016



The Pitmen's captain speaks on his jubilee appearance in a match against Istanbul Basaksehir

– Dario, we now see you in a jersey with the number 500, but we expected to see you wearing during the game. Why didn't you put it on for the match?
– I didn't in the first half, but I did in the second. I just did not notice that I put on the one without the number 500. It feels very nice to have appeared in 500 matches wearing a jersey I love, and for the club that I love. But the most important thing is Shakhtar's win. I am happy to have appeared in 500 games, but in the team result is in the first place. I can say that Shakhtar had a fantastic first half today. In the second half, the opponents created nothing besides a penalty. We came here to win and we did it.
– The result has been achieved. Are you satisfied with the match as a whole?
– In the first half, the game was very good, in the second - a little worse. On the whole, we are satisfied with the result and the game. We scored two goals in an away game, although we could have scored more. Now everything is in our hands. After Young Boys it was very important to recover psychologically. Our team have everything, just sometimes lack motivation. There are different psychological states, fatigue, flights ... But when you go out onto the field, everything is forgotten, and the most important thing is victory.
– Are two away goals enough to feel comfortable before the return leg?
– In the first game with Young Boys the score was 2-0, and we lost in an away game in a penalty shoot-out. Therefore, we must be careful. Sunday will be a very important game against Dnipro. We are flying straight to Lviv from here to recover well. We have little time to get some rest. Everyone needs to be ready. The most important thing today is that we are leaving Istanbul with a win.

– The team returned to the old 4-2-3-1 formation. Is it more familiar and comfortable for you to play in it?
– Shakhtar has been playing like this for a long time. We have freedom in offense. It has been working well, but I'll say it again: we need to be more focused and aggressive in the final stage. We create a lot of quality chances, but do not always score. We will work on this.