Ivan Ordets: It’s not easy to rip open Poltava’s defence

Shakhtar defender shared his take on the upcoming return game against Vorskla in the Ukrainian Cup quarter-finals.

- How did you spend the days off Mister gave you?
- My relatives came to visit me, we walked around together in Kyiv. I had a good rest, we are getting ready for the encounter with Poltava.

- How important is the encounter with Vorskla after the 4-0 win?
- The game will not be easy. The opponents proved themselves well in the championship game against us. It was not easy to rip open their defence. Besides, in the Premier League, they produced a great performance against Metalist, beating the latter with a big score. We will prepare for it. It’s not worthwhile expecting just a walk in the park.

- After the match against Dnipro, you were heavily criticised. How did you perceive it and what conclusions did you make?
- I had a good sleep, and then I reviewed the game. I paid attention to my own mistakes and analysed them. Mister also pointed at them. Life goes on, we train on.

- After the match against Anderlecht, you were leaving the pitch together with Mircea Lucescu, and the coach was telling you something. Maybe those were his instructions for the game against Braga, given that Kucher is missing it?
- He said that he believes in us. We need to forget the missteps because we are still young. We must mature, learn from our own mistakes, progress and move on.

- Are you already thinking about the game vs Braga?
- It's too early for that. We are having the important games in the Ukrainian Cup and the league ahead. After them, we will prepare for the Europa League one.

- Shakhtar currently play on three fronts. Will you have enough strength for that?
- Our team features many players. In two days’ time, we are taking the pitch without the internationals. Of course, it won’t be easy. But when they are with us, we have enough players who can replace each other in all competitions. I think we will experience no issues with that.

- The club is currently missing Darijo Srna. Who at this time performs his duties of the captain?
- Taison. He is an experienced player and a leader of our team.