Andriy Shevchenko: "I am proud of the players of the national team of Ukraine, there were real lions on the pitch"
Head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko held a press conference after the match with the Portuguese team, which results in blue and yellow have acquired the right take part in the Euro-2020 final.
- I have a lot of emotions, - Andrey Shevchenko said at the beginning of communication with representatives of the media, - now I am very happy. I want to thank all of Ukraine and Kyiv for their support. The stadium gave the team momentum, especially when we were in the top ten. I am proud of the players I saw on the field of real lions. In appreciating this selection cycle that we went through together, I can thank the players for the impact and the play they have shown.
I also want to thank the Portuguese team for their high quality football. We were twice as pleased to get a ticket to play with such a rival.
And last but not least, I made a promise I made after the World Cup 2018 qualifying tournament, when I said that fans could book their Euro tickets.
- You have defeated the European champions today. Isn't it time to become champions yourself?
- This is a high bar that should be gradually reached. The team is now making progress, and that's good.
- How fast was the expected goal for you, and what adjustments did you make after removing Stepanenko and Cristiano Ronaldo?
- We played at home. The first half was great, finally scored from the standard. Therefore, our work on these situations is not in vain. As for the end of the match, when we were in the minority, we looked at the status of the players. Mykolenko was injured, we did not know if he could keep pace until the end of Yarmolenko, but he sustained it. All the players gave a lot of strength, but we persisted.
- Were you surprised by the absence of Bruno Fernandes and some other performers in the starting squad of Portugal?
- There are so many quality players in Portugal that it is not worth paying attention to. I might be surprised if they didn't include Cristiano Ronaldo. This team has a whole galaxy of young talented football players. Playing alongside stars like Ronaldo, they are growing fast.
- What is the atmosphere in your team locker room now? Is the circle you built after the match impromptu?
- Yes, it was impromptu. This is not prepared. So we decided to thank the fans for their support. All is well in the locker room, all the guys are happy. Now let's go, have dinner together, now you can relax a bit.
- Have you thought about what this team is capable of at Euro 2020?
- We must first wait for the draw of the final tournament, to find out what our opponents will fall out. As time passes, we will look at the young players who will appear. We will prepare for the tournament, then we will set the task. There is a future for this team, and we will set specific goals right before the Euro.
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