Shakhtar v Young Boys: Pitmen’s comments

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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The Donetsk team players reflect on their Champions League third qualifying round first leg win

Ievgen Seleznov, Shakhtar striker:

- We could and should have scored more goals. I think it will be very difficult away. We are happy with the result, but still could have done better. The second goal was scored more by Stepanenko rather than me. He rolled it and I just had to put my foot across. That’s his goal. Presently, there might be a lot of debate and different opinions about the current Shakhtar. But in any case, a new team is being built, and this takes time. Yes, there are some footballers who played under Lucescu, but the game system has changed. In order to reshape it, we might need a month, two, three, five... Over time, it will be over, just getting automatic. I hope everything will be fine.
Most importantly, we have claimed a win, having a good chance to advance to the next round
Eduardo, Shakhtar striker:

- Today I have had at least two excellent scoring chances. I failed, but that’s OK. That’s football, and it happens to everyone. I'm sure that my finishing will be better in the next game. Most importantly, we have claimed a win, having a good chance to advance to the next round. Now I spend more time on the field compared to last season, but I think that we shouldn’t compare this year with the past one. Our team features all the top players, without exception. We all are one team, and it helps us to win such important games.
I think the two goals conceded play more into the hands of Young Boys, because today we could have removed all the points from the agenda
Andriy Pyatov, Shakhtar goalkeeper:

- We have analysed Young Boys: they almost always play in the league offensively, and very rarely defensively. The opponents got off to a more aggressive start, while we did not act absolutely correctly in the opening minutes and allowed them to create chances. Perhaps, we got a little bit nervous. During the match we somewhat changed our play and it produced results. I think the two goals conceded play more into the hands of Young Boys, because today we could have removed all the points from the agenda. Had we scored five goals today, I think, we would have been happy then. But there is still more room for improvement.