Shakhtar vs Lokomotiv Tbilisi: player opinions

Players of the Donetsk team have reflected on the victory over the Georgian side.

Andriy Boryachuk, Shakhtar striker:

- A good game. We tried to implement what are working on in training: streamlined combinations lead to goals. We have excellent rapport, everyone knows what to expect from a team-mate. I think we have players who can replace Alex Teixeira, although, of course, he is a high quality player who has done a lot for Shakhtar. It is also great that I managed to score in today’s game. In that episode I played a good one-two with Mykola Matvienko, before I hit the ball first time to send it into the back of the net. I congratulated the team, thanked the guys for that. But I try not to show much emotion, because it is only the beginning and there is still a long way to go.

Maksym Malyshev, Shakhtar midfielder:

- During the pre-match instructions, Mister said to start the match aggressively and apply pressure from the first minute. It quickly brought results. In the episode with the first goal, the whole team pressed, I read the opponent's actions and beat the goalkeeper. A midfielder should be universal: play well in defence, score and make assists! I would note that the game was not rough: we kept it under control and avoided unnecessary challenges. During the half time break, Mister changed the squad, and we, as part of additional workload, trained a little under the guidance of Carlo Nicolini.

Marlos, Shakhtar midfielder:

- This was an important training match in which we managed to show a great result! We faced good young team. We proved ourselves well, created a lot of chances and controlled the game. We carried out coaching instructions, we made great passes and scored. At this stage, it is important. I hope Mister is satisfied with our game today. All five goals scored were beautiful, but I would like to mention the excellent combination in the episode with a Boryachuk goal. I think that youngsters at Shakhtar have a great future.