Schalke vs Shakhtar: player views
The Pitmen have reflected on the victory in Gelsenkirchen.
Marlos, Shakhtar midfielder:
- The first goal was not easy. It so happened that the ball rolled from the back. I had to use my technique and score with a back heel. I am glad that it was possible. We knew that it would be hard against Schalke, that we would to have to defend a lot and play on the counterattacks. And so it happened, it brought us a positive result. My goal is dedicated to whole Shakhtar. We are a team, and we will always be together! I would note the wonderful atmosphere that prevailed at the stadium; it was difficult to resist against such stands. But we, as experienced players, were ready and managed to win.
Facundo Ferreyra, Shakhtar forward:
- Today we did a lot of running. It was not easy: the opponent tried to control the ball, we would also take the initiative and create free zones to launch counter-attacks. In the first half, we scored and then we added more and more in this component. It was the most important thing in the game with Schalke, because we scored all three goals after counterattacks. Today's match is very important for me in terms of self-confidence! I have thanked Mister for giving me an opportunity to prove myself. I have been waiting for this since the very beginning of my career at Shakhtar. Every day we improve on the field, I understand the style of team play better. And I hope to be fielded in the starting line-up as often as possible.
Yaroslav Rakits'kyy, Shakhtar defender:
- Today, in the first 10 minutes the players of Schalke created two good chances, hit the bar, and Andriy came to rescue us. It’s good that we did not concede. Later we adapted to the game, became more aggressive, gave tips to each other, fought. We played well on the counterattack. Taison made good runs, Viktor Kovalenko also did well, Ferreyra put on a good performance too. Our counter-attacks brought do result. The whole team played well. Youth was also at altitude. Viktor Kovalenko, although very tired, but still managed to score a goal, Boryachuk was congratulated on the debut. He may have played five minutes, but it is progress. I must say a big thank you to Mister for fielding in such important games. Tomorrow is the draw. It would be nice to play against Manchester United and Fenerbahce. We will see.