Volodymyr Pyatenko: "Detailed collection of information about Bulgaria is ahead"

At the end of February 2024, the women's national team of Ukraine will have to compete in head-to-head matches with the Bulgarian team in order to keep their registration in the B division of the League of Nations. 

In a comment to the official website of the UAF, the acting head coach of the women's national team of Ukraine, Volodymyr Pyatenko, shared his expectations from these matches:

— I try to prepare my wards only for victory. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to achieve the desired, primarily due to insufficient implementation. But I guarantee that even in matches with the Bulgarian women we will be forced to search for the shortest paths to the opponent's goal.

— What can you say about future rivals?

— The Bulgarian women finished second in their League C group. They lost the match with Kosovo - 1:5, although they did not concede in the first matches. However, a detailed collection of visa information is ahead.

— Do you know in which Bulgarian city the first match will take place?

— Not yet, as well as where we will host the Bulgarian in the return match. We will have to pay serious attention to logistical issues. Still, one should not forget that the matches should take place at the end of February, and much will depend on the vagaries of the weather.

I am also worried that our national team will have problems with game practice. After all, in the domestic arena, the competition will start only in the middle of March, so you should think carefully about how to eliminate the lack of competition. Of course, it would be great if it was possible to hold a full-fledged assembly, where there would be an opportunity to practice on grass fields. 

- Can it not happen that we have to hold two matches in Bulgaria, as it happened recently with the same Greek women?

- I would not like to. Still, both matches on the opponent's field are a serious handicap. I think that it will not come to that, the right to decide where to accept a Bulgarian woman remains with us. Here you have to carefully weigh everything, take into account every little thing.

— In the last matches of the League of Nations, with Poland and Serbia, several strong female players could not help our team for various reasons. Do you count on them in matches with the Bulgarian national team?

— I hope that Kateryna Korsun, Anna Voronina, Olga Ovdiychuk, Viktoriya Golovach will have time to return to the formation. And then the main thing will be to approach the duels with the Bulgarian women in full armor.

Women's League of Nations-2023/2024

League A. Final tournament

23.02.2024

1/2

Spain — Netherlands

France — Germany

28.02.2023

Final/match for 3rd place

Spain/Netherlands — France/Germany

Head-to-head matches for a place in League A

Serbia - Iceland

Hungary — Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina — Sweden

Croatia — Norway

Head-to-head matches for a place in League B

Latvia — Slovakia

Montenegro - Northern Ireland

Bulgaria - Ukraine

We will remind, the national team of Ukraine took it third place in the group and managed to overtake Slovenia in the ranking of third teams, thus avoiding relegation to League C.

Women's League of Nations-2023/2024. Group B3

1 round

22.09.2023

Ukraine - Serbia - 1: 2 

Greece — Poland — 1:3

2 round

26.09.2023

Poland - Ukraine - 2: 1

Serbia - Greece - 4:0

3 round

27.10.2023

Greece - Ukraine - 2: 1

Poland — Serbia — 2:1

4 round

31.10.2023

Ukraine - Greece - 1: 0

Serbia — Poland — 1:1

5 round

01.12.2023

Ukraine - Poland - 0: 1

Greece - Serbia - 0:2

6 round

05.12.2023

Serbia - Ukraine - 0: 1

Poland — Greece — 2:0

Standings

 

 Team

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1

 Poland

6

5

1

0

11-4

16

2

 Serbia

6

3

1

2

10-5

10

3

 Ukraine

6

2

0

4

5-7

6

4

 Greece

6

1

0

5

3-13

3

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