Stepanenko: didn’t expect that Alexandria will knock Dinamo out of the Cup

Степаненко: Не ожидали, что Александрия выбьет Динамо из Кубка

Taras Stepanenko

Shakhtar midfielder Taras Stepanenko shared his opinion about the Pitmen’s opponents in the Ukrainian Cup semi-final

The midfielder of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taras Stepanenko spoke about the upcoming Cup confrontation with Alexandria, the semi-finals of the Europa League with Sevilla and forces that need to find in the struggle on three fronts.

— Taras, Shakhtar face Cup duel with Alexandria. Surprised that team the Ball knocked out of the tournament Dynamo?

— Yeah, a little, unexpectedly turned out. Serhiy Rebrov made in the second leg of the rotation, gave the rest to the main players. Alexandria, in turn, well set up and gave the people of Kiev battle. The mood was the team of Sharan is very strong and it was evident they were happy after the victory over Dynamo. Sure, for a match with us Alexandrians, too, was preparing seriously for good physical and emotional, that they confirmed once again, beating recently in the championship of Lugansk Dawn. So on the road we will have a hard match.

— Shakhtar have very tight schedule. Forces will suffice on the end of the season?

— Indeed, the matches now go one by one. But we are professionals, we must carefully and responsibly to restore. To tjazhelovato, of course, a lot of flights with us. But you have to be patient, because at stake the denouement in three tournaments. Sure, if we sustain this burden, we will be able to achieve much. So thoughts about being tired no one admits. We understand that we have a chance to beat Sevilla and reach the Europa League final, so there is hope that in case of victory over Dynamo can still catch the League title. So I hope and believe that we can realize our dreams into reality and about being tired not think. Tune into the positive result.

— With Yevhen Konoplyanka after the Europa League draw has not contacted?

— No, talked about the draw only as a team. In the semi-finals all competitors are strong, the weak were gone. So any club that we went to, we had to play and we would still have set the task to reach the final. Sevilla, then Sevilla.

— The chances of the teams regarded as equal?

— Yes, in the semifinals, no one looks at the name of the opponent. Each team will fight to play in the final. Such chances don’t come often, so we and Sevilla are going to eat the earth to win.

We will remind, the match of 1/2 final Cup of Ukraine, Alexandria – Shakhtar Donetsk will take place on 20 April at 19:00.

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