Eduardo: It’ll be very interesting and tough game with Dinamo
On 5 February, Shakhtar will play a friendly game with leaders of the Croatian league. On the eve of the match, the Pitmen’s forward Eduardo has shared his expectations of the game with his former team. We remind you that the Pitmen’s No 22 played for Dinamo in 2001-2007.
- Eduardo, you know Dinamo Zagreb very well. What are this team like?
- Yes, it was the first club where I played. I have won many titles with Dinamo. I would say that at this club I grew up as a footballer. When playing for Dinamo, I met with many of the players, who later became the stars of the Croatia national team: Modric, Corluka, Mandzukic, Vukojevic and others. Today Dinamo still dominate the Croatian championship. This is a very strong team.
- What's your opinion about the current coach of Dinamo Zoran Mamic?
- He is a man with a real German character, for he has played a few years in Germany. He was the sports director of Dinamo, and later became a coach. That is, he knows the players and the team very well. Zoran is helping his team achieve new victories, progress.
- In 2008, Shakhtar faced Dinamo and managed to overcome Branko Ivankovic’s side on aggregate score. What game do you expect at the current training camp in Spain?
- I remember two games between Shakhtar and Dinamo Zagreb. The first took place in 2004. Back then we played out a draw in a friendly game. The teams faced for the second time in the Champions League qualification round in 2008... Of course, I would be honoured to be fielded for Shakhtar against Dinamo. It will be a very interesting and difficult match, because Dinamo Zagreb feature many top players. Players of this club often move to the top European teams! Personally, I will have unforgettable experience. Being at Dinamo, I played for my future team - Shakhtar. When I was at Flamengo, again I played against Shakhtar. Now again I will face my former club. Hopefully, I will not play against my former teams any longer!
- What is the role of this match in terms of preparation for the Schalke game?
- It is very important, just like the previous game with Piast. At the second training camp the emphasis is always on the matches of the European level.