Ismaily: We must not relax for a second

Saturday, April 1, 2017



On April 1, Shakhtar held the final training session before the match versus Zorya

On the eve of the game, the Pitmen dedicated the better part of the session to working out tactical issues and set pieces. Dentinho is the only player, who was not preparing for the meeting with the Luhansk side. The Brazilian keeps on recovering from injury.

At the end of the session, the Donetsk side defender Ismaily gave an interview to

- Ismaily, the break in the domestic league is behind. How was the team preparing for the upcoming fight?
- We have done a good job across these two weeks. We have not had competitive matches, but we trained hard almost every day. We improved some of the playing issues that needed to be adjusted. I believe Shakhtar are ready for the second stage start of the championship and I hope that we will continue to demonstrate good performance in the upcoming matches. We faced Zorya in Kharkiv recently, where we managed to claim a hard-fought victory. I am sure that tomorrow’s game will develop according to the same complicated scenario. The Luhansk side always cause many troubles to our team. If we lack concentration, unforeseen surprises may occur. We must not allow this.

- Zorya are known for their dangerous counterattacks and set pieces...
- Right, we conceded a goal after the opponents played a corner in the previous encounter. Once again, we need to maintain concentration while operating defensively. At the training session, we try to improve all these issues.

- You are the only Shakhtar football player, who participated absolutely in all matches of the first stage of the Ukrainian Premier League. Will you have enough stamina for the rest of the season?
- I feel just fine! Mister trusts me, and I try to help the team win every fight. The crucial stage of the domestic league is ahead of Shakhtar. If we really want to win gold medals this season, then we must not relax for a second.

We remind you that the Ukrainian Premier League round 23 fixture Zorya vs Shakhtar will be held at Slavutych Arena in Zaporizhzhya on April 2. It gets underway at 19:302+2 TV channel will air the meeting live.