Konyaspor vs Shakhtar: Pitmen's comments
Friday, September 16, 2016
The Donetsk team players comment on the match against Konyaspor
Taras Stepanenko. Shakhtar midfielder:
– We were confronted by a well-trained, competent team, which are good in defence. Konyaspor know how to close the zones. But it is impossible to run for 90 minutes and defend unmistakably. In the first half we had two or three good chances, but the goalkeeper played vwry well. At the same time the opponents had basically only one chance to distinguish themselves, when the ball hit the post after a header. They tried to use their trump card: to play reliably at their goal and depend on counters. However, we did not let them play their game and found our opportunity. Shakhtar had controlled the game in both halves of the match. If we had scored earlier the match would have been so much easier. My long-range shot? Of course, I wanted to score, but the goalkeeper was great. I think he's one of the today's heroes.
The game was difficult. Konyaspor had aly defended hroughout the match, closed the zones, but fortunately, we were able to crack their defence. We have achieved a positive result
Olexandr Kucher, Shakhtar defender:
– Only positive emotions. The game was difficult. Konyaspor had aly defended hroughout the match, closed the zones, but fortunately, we were able to crack their defence. We knew that the Turks would act that way and make a bet on the set plays and counterattacks. I would like to congratulate our team and thank the guys for withstanding the onslaught and continuing to follow their game planand dictating their terms. We have achieved a positive result. I ould like to pont out the spectators. It is much nicer to go out onto the field with packed stands, no matter where: away or at home. It was great to play in such an atmosphere.
It was my first game in the Europa League. My goal in this game was to do as many precise passes as possible. I am pleased to have helped Shakhtar to win
Bohdan Butko, Shakhtar defender:
– It was my first game in the Europa League. At first, I was a little nervous. And the opponents went deep into defence, which is why it was not always possible to make an accurate final pass. At half-time the coach asked us to to act the same way and said that all would be well. My goal in this game was to do as many precise passes as possible, in particular to Facundo. I made it once, and I am pleased to have helped Shakhtar to win. Overall I am very happy! I always wanted to play for my team at the highest level.