Character is our strength

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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FCSD | fifa.com

For the first time in the history of Ukrainian football, the national team have reached the World Cup final

The player of Shakhtar and the captain of Ukraine U20 Valerii Bondar spoke about the match against Italy, the preparation for the final, and the secret of the team’s success.
 
- Valerii, congratulations on reaching the final! How did you prepare for it and what helped you beat the Italians?
- Thank you so much for the congratulations! We were preparing for this encounter in the usual way, the most important thing was to recover after playing Colombia and to analyse Italy’s tactical performance as much as possible, which we did well. I think the team have fulfilled the game plan.
 
- What do you think about the opponents in the final?
- The South Korean team is a very good outfit, well organized and physically fit, plus the guys are great at handling the ball. They are definitely not weak opponents.
 
- Not so long ago, Ukraine played a friendly against Korea. Can we draw an analogy between those games?
- I think the final will definitely be different to our previous meeting, because it was a friendly, while this is the World Cup decider. We will try to make the game develop according to our script.
 
- What is Ukraine U20’s strength?
- The national team of Ukraine are strong in character and team spirit. Plus, of course, very strict discipline. All the guys play for one another - this is our main advantage. Plus we feel great support from our fans: both those who support us here, at the stadiums in Poland, and those who root for the national team in Ukraine give us a lot of motivation to please them with victories.
 
The FIFA U20 World Cup final between the teams of Ukraine and South Korea will be held at the Widzew stadium in Lodz at 19:00 on June 15.