Shakhtar Donetsk director of football talks about his relationship with Paulo Fonseca before the match against Roma.
In an interview withShakhtar.com
was asked about the upcoming match withRoma
, their last draw, and in general, the closing stages of the
He was asked about his desire to meetDynamo Kyiv
. He answered:
"When you reach the closing stages of European competitions, of course, you want to avoid encounters with top rivals, but sooner or later you will still get them. That’s why I wanted Dynamo, Granada, Molde, Young Boys."
He then mentioned the top rivals such as Roma, that are coached byShakhtar
's previous manager,
, and talked about his relationship with him:
"Paulo and I have already exchanged messages, we agreed to meet and have a cup of coffee together.
He is not only my friend, but also a friend of our club.
"A great coach who won seven trophies with Shakhtar in three years, currently coaching Roma.
"We are friends, but on the field, as you know, there are no friends. He will fight for his team, we’ll do so for ours. After the second leg, we'll see who proves stronger and will definitely congratulate each other."
He also pointed out the works that the team have to do to be prepared for the upcoming matches:
"Despite the importance of the matches against Roma, they are still distant in time; now we need to improve our play, to try to defeat Zorya, then we’ll have fixtures against Ahrobiznes in the Cup and Olimpik in the Championship. And only then we will think about Roma and get prepared."
Asked if they could keep the positive statistics they have got so far, he said:
"We’ve already played twice in Italy with Mr. Castro at the helm.
"On the first occasion we defeated Atalanta, and then tied with Inter. God grant that we continue in the same way."