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Fonseca: We had a great match

Friday, September 16, 2016



Press conference of the Shakhtar head coach after the game against Konyaspor

- Hello. Today we had a great match in accordance with a very severe scenario, which happens in football. The opponents played close to their own penalty box and were completely closed in defence. It is very difficult to find space in this type of play. Nevertheless, we searching for it and we had good possession of the ball. With such a difficult scenario, we created a huge number of opportunities. If I am not mistaken, we had 73% possession, which is, in principle, not easy in an away match. I think today we fully deserved the win. We did not allow our opponents to create any dangerous chances. I'd like to repeat - we had a great match.

– In the first half, it was evident that Taras Stepanenko went deep into defence and played in the same line with Rakitskyy and Kucher. What was this tactical setting about and did it lead to the desired result?
– We have several options for the start of the attack. In this case, it is very important for us to play with three footballers: centre-backs open up and the sweepers come out, and the centre-back position is occupied by a midfielder.

– What can you say about Konyaspor? What are the prospects of this team in a global sense?
– First of all let me say about the atmosphere that prevailed at the stadium today. Playing with such fans is something fantastic. If we talk about Konyaspor, they are a great, strong team with a good defence organization. They are also very strong in the counter attakcs. Konyaspor has not lost a single match in the Turkish League. They had a great game against Besiktas. I think that says a lot. I also want to thank you on behalf of FC Shakhtar for the warm welcome we received here.