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Avci: We wish good luck to Shakhtar

Friday, August 26, 2016



Press conference of the Istanbul Basaksehir head coach after the match with Shakhtar

– We played against very experienced team, which show good football. We wanted to start the game with attacks, and in the starting minutes have succeeded in this, but, as in Istanbul, there was an own goal. After that we played a little better. We had was fairly good starting 15 minutes of the second half, but conceded a goal from a penalty. This goal secured the Pitmen's ticket to the group stage. In two games, I used 20 players, and we have gained an important experience. We wish good luck to Shakhtar in the UEFA Europa League.

– In your opinion, does the score 2-0 correspond to the game?
– As I have said, the first half began with the own goal, and there was a penalty in the second. But, in my opinion, Shakhtar deserved this result.

– You have changed a large number of players. How important was this match to you?
– Each replacement is important. In the first match we lost two players. Picking the line-up for today, we kept the next match in mind. We have 22-23 important players in the team, and they are gaining experience.

– Your team today showed quite a good game today, organised game, but there were very few shots on goal. 
– With regard to the organisation of the game, we had some good chanced today. It is not easy creating scoring opportunities in European tournaments. We left two players in Istanbul. One of them is injured, and another is preparing for a transfer.

– How serious is Belözoğlu's injury? Why did not you use Višća and Doku to increase the dynamics of the game?
– Belözoğlu's injury is not that serious, but he already had a booking, so I replaced him. Doku was not fielded because he was recently injured and has not fully recovered yet. We also wanted to give a chance to the youngsters.

– Today we got the impression that after the defeat in Istanbul your team did not believe that it was possible to beat the Pitmen on aggregate. 
– Each player who steps onto the field, believes in winning. But again, the level of Shakhtar is very high. They have great experience of playing in such tournaments. Therefore this is the result we have.