Besnik Hasi: In the first game we gave them many presents

Head coach of Anderlecht answered questions from the media before the meeting with Shakhtar.

- Did you have a so early open training session for the first time? Is that normal?
- No, it wasn’t for first time. We need such a training, because the match kicks off at 21:00 Brussels time tomorrow. So it’s necessary to train.

- What is the situation with Matias Suarez?
- He is injured. He’s got a knee injury. Therefore, he will not play.

- Is Suarez injury grave or not?
- Nothing serious. He will be just fine in a week’s time.

- Defour and Thielemans – will both of them play?
- Yesterday we had a talk. They worked very well. We will see! We need to score at least two goals. But we must be careful. Shakhtar are a strong team. If they get some space and freedom, we must be very cautious.
 
- You need not to concede a goal by Shakhtar and win back two goals. How are you going to do that?
- Let's see how Shakhtar operate. Last time we were still able to ‘relax’ for some 20 minutes. But Shakhtar are a very strong team! Of course, making sure that they do not score and winning back two goals will be difficult. In the previous game we gave many presents to the opponents. Therefore, I hope tomorrow we will play as a real team - all together! And we’ll see how Shakhtar respond to that. The upcoming match is very important for us.
 
- Will Suarez be replaced with Djuričić? What do you make of this footballer?
- We have been watching his progress over the past two years, the way he plays. He is in good physical condition, well trained, he produced good results. Of course, there are some difficulties. But Philip will play for Serbia national team, so hopefully he will still improve his physical form in order to do his best.

- Have you ever won back two goals in your playing or coaching career after a 3-1 defeat?
- In the match against Arsenal we lost suffered a 3-0 defeat, but then we levelled the score to make it 3-3. I know that my team is capable of doing that. We need to prove it tomorrow. The result of our last match gives us confidence. Besides, we do not have any games this weekend. We have been showcasing a very good season. We counteracted some strong teams. Let's see how everything goes. We must play well.

- Is it more important for you to win the domestic league title or to make it further in the Europa League?
- That’s a very difficult question. It’ also interesting to claim a good spot in the Europa League.

- Before leaving for Brussels, Shakhtar suffered a major defeat at the hands of Dnipro in the domestic league. For the first time in 12 years, the Pitmen conceded four goals in Ukraine. How did you react to the result and what do you think about that?
- Everyone looks at the team’s reaction, when they lose after a long winning streak. I think the fact that Shakhtar did not deploy some players has affected the outcome. That’s a very important factor as well. We just need to know how the opponents will operate.

- Djuričić will play for the national team?
- Still not exactly clear. But Anderlecht is a well-known team in Europe, and that’s an important aspect for the team. Some other players are also in a similar situation. Now is the time when national teams have player trials.

- Acheampong enjoys a good season in Belgium and in European competitions. Can you feel his progress?
- Yes, he found it hard to break through previously. But now he is playing much better, he has done a lot for us. He managed to adapt and make progress, as well as our other players did. Acheampong feels comfortable at Anderlecht, doing everything necessary for the team. He scored four goals, making some four or five assists. But, sure, he can play even better.

- Did the most recent league win give you confidence?
- Yes, it did. The match was difficult, but we played it well. We must continue in the same vein. I think that now the players will find it much easier, because they will experience less pressure. We are facing the encounter with a very strong team, but everyone is motivated.

- You played a lot in European competitions. What do you feel before the game?
- We have to try to be the first to score, we will have to expose ourselves and attack, try something new. We cannot also allow the attacking players of Shakhtar led by Taison to create spaces and penetrate them, taking advantage of their speed.