Oleg Kuznetsov: "There was a decent level of teams in our qualifying group"

The head coach of the youth national team of Ukraine (football players not older than 2005) Oleg Kuznetsov summed up the results of the team's performance in the qualifying round of Euro-2024 (U-19).

The youth national team of Ukraine finished the qualifying round of Euro-2024 (U-19) in first place. Now the elite round awaits the blue and yellow team, which will take place in the spring of 2024. Oleg Kuznetsov, the head coach of our team, told the official UAF website about the last tournament and plans for the future.

— Oleg Volodymyrovych, your words that there is no favorite in our group have been confirmed. Was it difficult?

— As you can see from the result, it was not easy for everyone. Malta, Kosovo and Slovakia had football players of a sufficiently high level. We assumed that everyone would lose points, but some more, some less. There was a decent level of teams in our qualifying group.

— After the victory over Malta, there was an inexplicable defeat against Kosovo. What is it connected with?

— There are days and matches when nothing works out. Chances were created but not converted, the opponent had several counterattacks, and our individual defensive mistakes led to conceded goals.

— Was there an analysis of the flights after such a failure?

- In principle, no. Everything was according to plan: they analyzed, pointed out mistakes. Yes, they talked about a difficult situation, but everything, as before, remained in our hands, so no one sprinkled ashes on their heads...

— And in the last match, the national team of Ukraine did not notice Slovakia...

- It's just that in the first half we made good use of two standard positions and scored another goal. And after the break, the opponent opened up, and we could have scored just as much, but limited ourselves to one goal. In this game, I had no complaints against the wards regarding the realization of scoring opportunities.

— Who would you like to celebrate after the results of the tournament?

— There were mistakes, but overall the team performed evenly. As for new football players, they did not disappoint. I am satisfied with their performance and attitude.

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Euro 2024 (U-19). Qualifying round. Group 7

15.11.2023

Ukraine — Malta — 3:1

Kosovo — Slovakia — 1:1

18.11.2023

Ukraine — Kosovo — 0:4

Slovakia - Malta - 3:0

21.11.2023

Slovakia - Ukraine - 0: 4

Malta - Kosovo - 2:2 

Standings

 

 Structure

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1

 Ukraine

3

2

0

1

7-5

6

2

 Kosovo

3

1

2

0

7-3

5

3

 Slovakia

3

1

1

1

4-5

4

4

 Malta

3

0

1

2

3-8

1

The top two runners-up in the 13 qualifying groups and the best third-place finishers from matches with the first and second teams will join Portugal in the elite qualifying round.

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