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Boriachuk: I will work on

Thursday, October 13, 2016



Shakhtar forward speaks about Ukraine U21’s victory in Iceland and the upcoming game against Olimpik

- Did you manage to have some rest after playing for Ukraine U21 and the long flights?
- I guess so. I had enough time to sleep.

- How did you manage to achieve such a result in the match against the qualifying group leaders Iceland?
- We initially tuned in for success. It’s true that the match against Iceland didn’t decide anything for us. But the coach made it clear that in any circumstances we should take the pitch and work to win only. In general, we managed to show our mettle and win in tough conditions.

- Is it disappointing that the team have got the better of the group favourites, but a completely different team advanced to the European U21 Championship?
- Of course it is. But nothing can be done about it, we are getting ready for the next qualifying cycle.

- The head coach of Ukraine U21 Oleksandr Holovko highly appreciated the level of your performance and the potential. What do his words mean to you?
- That I need to work on. I will try to prove that he said those words not for nothing.

- What can you say about your next league opponents?
- I can’t say anything so far, because I’ve been just back from international duty. Certainly, shortly we will analyse Olimpik’s performance. Anyway, we are gearing up to win only.

Taras Stepanenko says that Olimpik are in shape now...
- Right, I agree with him. They are a good team, showcasing some great football.

- After the match against the Icelanders, there was a talk about your being noticed by the national team coaching staff. Do you feel ready for a new stage or the reporters are jumping the gun a bit?
- It’s the first time I am hearing from you about the national team’s interest, I haven’t read any press yet. I hope those words will be proved in reality.

- Does the Pitmen’s head coach Paulo Fonseca promise you more match practice?
- The coach trusts me, believing in me, and that, in my opinion, is the most important thing. I will work on and try to prove myself.

- Is it nice to hear that the mentors of Shakhtar and Ukraine pay attention to you?
- Of course it is! It means that I do my job not in vain. As I said, I will continue to train, prove myself to get more playing time. Well, I will also strive to make it to the national team.