Shakhtar in the Netherlands: out-of-the-box solutions

Saturday, June 25, 2016



This evening, the Pitmen had a training session at the stadium in De Lutte

Paulo Fonseca dedicated most of the session to organising attacking play. The players have studied different options of attack development. At the end of the session, the team worked on playing set pieces.

‘In this kind of weather, it is easier to train,’ said Shakhtar defender Mykola Matviienko. ‘Most importantly, the pitches should bear the loads. Training takes place in a new way. Although, there are no major difficulties for me. I attended the Academy for seven years. We used similar methods in the reserve team with Miguel Cardoso. A few innovations: before each training session, we do some strength exercises for the shoulder girdle muscles and legs. Paulo Fonseca also pays much attention to playing defensively. We all are looking forward to the second training camp game. It will be another opportunity to prove ourselves. It is always more interesting and easier to get in shape through games.

Let us remind you that on June 26, Shakhtar are to take on SV Meppen. The game will take place in Germany, at the MEP-Arena. It kicks off at 15:00 Kyiv time (EET). Follow match commentary and video broadcast on

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