Fatigue is no excuse

Monday, December 2, 2019



Shakhtar defender Ismaily shared his take on the match vs Mariupol

- A very difficult game. Besides, not the best condition of the pitch complicated our job: it was hard to hold the ball and advance it, we produced many inaccurate passes. While quick passing and fluid play is our basic performance. In any case, we should blame just ourselves because we made a huge number of mistakes that are not peculiar to us. And making that kind of errors affects the outcome.
- Did the mistakes result from your fatigue after the match against Manchester City?
- Of course, the game in Manchester was highly intense. But this fact, just like the tiring travel, is no excuse. Everyone fielded was ready, so fatigue and lack of recovery time has nothing to do with that.
- You played without several key footballers: Moraes, Marlos, Alan Patrick. Did it significantly affect the team's performance?
- Yes, these are important players. Their absence on the pitch affects it. But those who appeared instead of them were worthy substitutes. However, everything’s over now, we must think about the next match. We will have two league games before the winter break – we need to claim two victories in order to secure a good advantage over the competitors.