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Ordets: Turkey rapidly transition to attack

Thursday, October 6, 2016



Ukraine defender Ivan Ordets shared his expectations for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Turkey

- Ivan, what is Turkey national team like nowadays? Have they changed after the Euro 2016?
- Turkey is an aggressive team. They have experienced players on the roster. The Turks are known for their quick transitions from defence to attack. We need to operate watchfully.

- What tactic will Andriy Shevchenko pick for this match? How should you build the game to claim a positive result?
- Regardless of the tactics for this meeting, I want to repeat that we must be watchful and composed. We should try to have as much control of the ball as possible. We have a number of experienced players. We will have our chances, for sure.

- Everybody knows what kind of atmosphere the Turkish fans can create in the stadium. Surely, the people in the stands will cheer their team on...
- Yes, they have great supporters in Turkey. Fans always support their team very emotionally. Therefore, we have to cope with the crowd pressure. A few weeks ago, we already played in that stadium. The atmosphere was great.

- You beat Konyaspor with Shakhtar in Konya. What do you feel before the national team game?
- It's interesting to be here gain after just a short while. A beautiful city with rich history. Everything ended well for Shakhtar here, so I hope for the same success with the national team.