Vernydub: We're facing an interesting tournament

Sunday, March 12, 2017



Zorya mentor commented on the actions of his men

- Despite the fact that you lost, I think the game was of good quality. In the first half, we gave the advantage away to Shakhtar and conceded a goal, somewhat changing our performance pattern in the second half. We started meeting the opponents higher upfield, trying to put pressure more up, also making the Pitmen fell nervous. As a result we equalised, but didn’t manage to be patient enough conceding a set piece goal. Nevertheless, I am pleased with the game and the lads’ performance. Besides, many of our major players did not take part in the match. But those who were fielded have proved that they also know how to play. So everything is still ahead.

- The team will play among the top six sides. Do you think the innovation in the league will increase your chance of claiming a higher spot or it would be better to hold another, third round as they used to do formerly?
- I think we are facing a very interesting tournament with the participation of the current top six clubs. All the opponents are even, except, of course, Shakhtar, - the Pitmen are already champions. In general, it will be fighting to the bitter end. Just consider Chornomorets, Olimpik, Oleksandriya ... Therefore, we must prepare seriously, and who takes what spot we will see at the end of the season. Although, initially, we need to play the last round of the first stage.

- Please comment on the performance of Lipartia and Kadymyan.
- I cannot say that Lipartia looked bad, he played OK. I’m happy with the amount of work he carried out in the first half. To refresh our performance, I gave Ljubenovic the opportunity to appear. Zeljko is also a creative football player, who, despite his age, moves great, giving his all in the match, plus he can make a good pass. Therefore, I took this very decision. Regarding Kadymyan. It was evident that Paulinho got a bit tired. As a result, I moved the more pacey Bonaventure to the left to seal off Darijo Srna’s wing. Well, it's time to give Gegham a chance. Especially as this week he worked in a good mood, he trained well. Since we’ve signed the footballer, we need to let him play.