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Boriachuk: We’re flying to Portugal in a good mood

Wednesday, December 7, 2016



Shakhtar forward talked to reporters before the morning session

- What kind of mood do you have before flying to Braga?
- Good mood. We will try to win. We prepare to claim a positive result only.

- In the group stage of European club competitions, just few sides manage to claim wins in all six games...
- We will try. At least we will make every effort to do so.

- May you face any motivation issues? As you are taking on Dynamo soon...
- The meeting with the Portuguese is also important. Besides, Braga is our coach’s former team. I think he wants to succeed in the return leg as well. The players have the same desire. Therefore, we will be playing to win only.

- Is it unusual for you not to have a training session on the opponents’ pitch?
- Of course, it might be better for us to train at the stadium hosting the game – to try the pitch, have a look at the stands, to feel the atmosphere. But that’s OK, we will play anyway.

- Is it tough mentally to realize that having five wins under your belt, everyone expects the sixth win from you?
- It isn’t. On the contrary, we’re flying to Portugal in a good mood.

- What did Paulo Fonseca say before the match?
- We haven’t talked yet. Upon arrival, we will analyse the opponents’ performance.

- Did you expect more from Braga in the current Europa League edition?
- I don’t know why, but last season we actually found it more difficult against the same opponents. Nevertheless, the Portuguese currently have a good team displaying decent football.

- Are you thinking about the match against Dynamo?
- No. As the coach says: the most important game is the nearest one. Therefore, we are not thinking about Dynamo, just preparing for Braga.

- The Kyiv side thrashed Besiktas 6-0 yesterday. Will you try to beat this result?
- I am not going to guess the future. I’ve got no idea about the score against Braga. As for Dynamo, they did well. My congratulations to them on the win. Again, all that is a matter of chance: an early goal, sending-off, spot kick...

- It’s 12 below zero now. It is the coldest training session this calendar year?
- Yes. I can’t remember any more freezing time.