The head coach of the Donetsk “Shakhtar” Paulo Fonseca at the traditional press conference before the match of 1/16 finals of the Europa League against the Spanish “Celta” from Vigo said the strength and experience of the opponent, predict a very complicated game, the official website of the miners.
“I can speak about” Celta “Only the best. The results of the Spaniards in the current year speak for themselves: they spend great fights and achieve good results. Matches with the “Real” and “Barcelona” show their full force. We expect a very difficult game. “Celta” very experienced and aggressive, therefore, I believe, will see a good fight, “- said Fonseca.
“We” Celta “there is a definite advantage, because during our break rival has spent 13 matches. They played to 14 and, if the match with Madrid “Real” has not been postponed to a later date. However, all this time, we are also preparing for an important meeting with the “Celta”. We will try to show something to work on during this period. Nevertheless, such an advantage, the opponent is, and nobody hides “- said the Portuguese expert.
“I will not say who is the favorite, there’s no point. “Celta” and “Miner” – two very strong teams. We will see two interesting matches where anyone can go further. Favorite is not here “- said Fonseca.
“I watched almost all the games,” Celta “lately. We all know the best qualities of the Spaniards: aggressiveness, speed and strength in the counter. You can take the fight to the “Athletics”, where they were defeated, but for us it is more important that the opponent always uses its strengths. A look at the results do not need “- said the coach of” Shakhtar “.
To the remark that Fonseca first collects in the middle of the season, and not used to it, the coach said: “Of course, this is not an advantage for us. For me it’s a completely new experience. Of course, before tomorrow’s game is not enough of playing rhythm to which we are accustomed. If we come out better prepared, having behind a few official matches, it would be easier. However, our team has the motivation – the most important thing. We are motivated not only for tomorrow’s match, but also on the back, because we want to go in the Europa League as far as possible. ”
In turn, the Brazilian midfielder of “Shakhtar” Fred, who was also present at the press conference, said: “” Shakhtar “always thinking only about winning, players are set only for a positive result. “Shakhtar” thought so before, and so it will always think. Mister, we are constantly talking about it because of the defeat does not make sense to speculate. ”
As UNIAN reported earlier, the first match of 1/16 finals of the Europa League, “Celta” – “Shakhtar” will be held in Vigo on 16 February.