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Fonseca: We have a difficult match vs Celta ahead

Friday, February 10, 2017



Shakhtar head coach reflects on the winter training camp and the match against Rio Ave

- I am fully satisfied with how our team proved themselves. We may take pride in all the games we have played throughout the training camp. Today we have met with very good opponents possessing fine playing skills. We have achieved excellent results at the same time, what makes us happy.

- This was the final rehearsal ahead of the clash with Celta. Is your team ready for the meeting with the Spaniards?
- I guess so, they are almost ready. Nevertheless, throughout this week, we will work further on some issues relating directly to the encounter with Celta. We have a difficult first match ahead, since we are to play away. I am sure it is going to be entertaining.

- Nine friendly games, seven wins and two draws. Are you satisfied with the Pitmen’s determination to win even test matches?
- I assess our preparation spell only positively. Everything was good enough. The only difficulty we faced was finding opponents for test matches. However, we carried out everything what had been planned. I am satisfied. I realize that sometimes it is hard to motivate for the games at this level, but the team got ready nicely for each sparring, so we won most of them.

- You talked to the head coach of the Ukraine national team Andriy Shevchenko...
- Above all, I think it's great when clubs' mentors and national team coaches communicate with one another. We talked about footballers, games, the national team’s performance and the football we demonstrate. Plenty of our lads play for the Ukraine national team, so keeping contact with each other is crucial for us, coaches.