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Fonseca: We need to analyse the match correctly

Sunday, April 30, 2017



The Pitmen’s head coach shared his take on the round 27 clash in Kharkiv

- We’ve won and earned three points. Of course, this is important, but we need to analyse the match correctly. I don’t think the outcome is fully natural. In any case, the opponents did not deserve to be defeated today. In the first half, Oleksandriia were better than us: they perfectly defended, launched attacks and created danger. The visitors had three scoring chances. Meanwhile, we lacked intensity and aggressiveness, so might have gone to the changing room by the break, being a goal down. In the second half, we began operate better and scored, which is paramount, but, frankly, I don’t like winning like that. I want to repeat once again: Oleksandriia did not deserve defeat today.

- What caused the replacement of Bernard, who was one of the most active players on the field? He expressed his dissatisfaction with being benched because he was the first to leave the pitch.
- To be honest, I didn’t quite get what had happened there. If he left being dissatisfied, he did just the right thing. After the match, I already had the opportunity to talk to the coaching staff. They told me that nothing special had happened there, there were no big problems. Today I haven’t been particularly satisfied with his dedication. Being overcome with emotion, you can say a lot of bad and offensive things, but nothing like that has happened in this particular case. Bernard just decided not to stay on the bench and immediately go to the dressing room. I understand him.

- If Dynamo don’t beat Chornomorets, Shakhtar will become the champs early. What would you prefer: to win as early as today due to the rivals’ error or to claim the title in the match against Zorya in a week?
- We should think only about our team, and pay attention to how we play and how we win. Today, it wasn’t the best way, so now we are going to focus on the meeting with Zorya, where we will give our all.

- Ferreyra regularly appears in the starting XI and scores: against Olimpik, Dynamo, Oleksandriia... Does Blanco Leschuk envy him?
- We should ask him. Fortunately, I have Ferreyra, Blanco and Boriachuk - three excellent players at this position. I'm sure they don’t remain unhappy when one of them scores. The guys perfectly understand that regardless of the scorer, the team's victory is paramount. When we win, absolutely everyone is happy.

- Do the Pitmen take the field thinking about the league title? You say that you are unhappy with your subordinates. Have they lost motivation?
- Shakhtar footballers must always have a stimulus to win, regardless of what may happen. You should understand: we will be motivated for absolutely all encounters until the league season end. This thing doesn’t depend on whether we’ve become the champions today, or will become the ones tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Shakhtar will play to the end and try to win every match.