Pyatov: Competitive games will reveal everything

Monday, June 6, 2016



Goalkeeper of Shakhtar and Ukraine national team speaks about the preparation for the European Championship kick-off

- Andriy, you’ve got two training camps in Italy and Switzerland behind. Have you managed to fufil everything you had planned?
- It’s up to the coaches to decide whether we’ve managed it or not. They set the objectives that we must fulfil. Of course, victories add confidence and good mood. But I think that the competitive games will reveal everything.

- The national team have been together for two weeks now. Have you had enough time to attain coherence on the playing field?
- Again, we need to wait for the start of the championship. I hope that we have had enough time. We’ll see whether it’s true or not.

- The first match is against the world title holders. Do you think it would be better to start against Poland or Northern Ireland?
- It’s hard to say. All the same, we are to play against them, in the first game or not being not so important. If we want to advance from the group, it is necessary to achieve maximum results in each game. If there is a set objective, it is necessary to strive for it.

- You said ‘To achieve maximum results.’ What result will be satisfactory for Ukraine in the match against Germany?
- The game begins with the 0-0 score. It is necessary to study the opponents and not let them play their own game. Ukraine national team also have their strengths, we should take the field and show our best side.

- Germany are the favourites of not just this match, but also of the whole competition. Does that play into our team’s hands?
- If they are the favourites, so they have a good team, right? We are facing a match against one of the best select teams in the world. It will be interesting to play against them!