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Fred: Ready to take on Oleksandriia

Thursday, August 10, 2017



Shakhtar midfielder speaks about the preparation for the upcoming Premier League game

- Meetings with Oleksandriia are always difficult for us. The team play with great dedication, fighting for every ball. Moreover, the opponents currently have an emotional rise, because Sharan's men have made it through to the next Europa League stage. I think they will be confident on the pitch. So we are facing a tough away fixture. But, no matter what, we must claim wins in any encounter.

- Do Oleksandriia operate more aggressively on the home turf?
- Of course! The stands are always packed to capacity there, with the fans cheering their team on. We are ready for the fact that, just like most opponents in the Ukrainian league, Oleksandriia are most likely to display some closed football.

- How should Shakhtar build their play?
- We need to dominate possession, create chances, have patience – and I'm sure there will be goals. Paulo Fonseca prepares certain tactical things for each opponent. Meanwhile, we are required to fulfil the coach’s plan and try to score as early as possible.