Ordets: We must squeeze the maximum out of our chances

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Shakhtar defender speaks about the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Croatia

- Ivan, how was the training camp in Austria?
- We did a very good job. We trained twice a day, had a lot of theory, watched games and analysed the opponents. We are facing a tough meeting. The Croats perfectly control the game in midfield. They have many high-profile footballers who play for Europe’s top clubs.

- In four matches in the group, the Croats conceded just one goal. How should you operate to achieve a positive result?
- Yes, they give away few goals. We must squeeze the maximum out of our chances, trying to convert them. We should be watchful and organised defensively. The Croats have some pacey strikers who win the ball well and fire headers. We have another day to complete the preparation for the match. All the guys are trying to make it to the squad, with much competition in every role. We are looking forward to the encounter with Croatia.

- Did you manage to get any information about Croats from Darijo Srna? Maybe he advised something?
Darijo did not say much about anything, but we already know what our opponents are like. I would say that every team have their weaknesses. I am not going to show all the cards – one needs to show everything on the pitch. We must fulfil the head coach’s plan, play well defensively and try to score.