Shakhtar vs Istanbul Basaksehir: Pitmen's comments

Friday, August 26, 2016



The Donetsk club players speak about the second leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off round

Darijo Srna, Shakhtar captain:

– In the first half I would not say that Shakhtar had acted in their style. During the half-time, Mister Fonseca emphasised that we were playing very slow, and we needed to pick up the pace. In the second half, we created a large number of opportunities and achieved victory. I could have scored also, but hit the crossbar the same as at the Euro Cup. Fortune did not favour us, but the most important thing is that the team won. There was an unpleasant incident after the match, but that's all about emotions. Congratulations to the fans, the president, the whole club on advancing to the group stage. Unfortunately, it is not the Champions League, but it should serve as a lesson for us. We need to move on. Now it is important to play well against Stal and prepare for the group stage of the Europa League.
I think we can play much better - we need to keep focused and add more. It is important that we have advanced
Maksym Malyshev, Shakhtar midfielder:

– I think we can say that the score reflects the game. I think we can play much better - we need to keep focused and add more. But we may have relaxed somewhere after the first goal today. In general, I cannot say that the opponents had created many problems for us, however, it's a good thing we did not concede. We wanted to score an early goal, so we played attacking football more, without controlling the ball in midfield. If we talk about the upcoming draw, there is no principal difference regarding the opponents. At this stage, there are good teams, so it will be interesting. It is important that we have advanced, and it is now necessary to show good results in the future.