Paulo Fonseca. Photo: shakhtar.com
Head coach of “Shakhtar” Paulo Fonseca shared his impressions after the match with “Arsenal-Kiev”.
– Absolutely deserved victory. In the first half we special easily reached the opposition penalty area, created some good chances and could have scored more.
After the break reduced the game speed: it lacked intensity, mindfulness in actions and at the opening of the zones.
Despite the fact that we had a few episodes, I am satisfied with the first half and completely dissatisfied with the second – should have scored more.
– What is the situation with the defenders? Will they be willing to match with “Dinamo”?
– Ismaily disqualified, Rakitskiy, Ordets and Kryvtsov injured. Today, played by those who we have. In any case, the guys did well: line of defense was almost perfect.
Let’s see if I can recover Rakitskiy and Kryvtsov, Ordets hundred percent will not participate. And ismaily will be – two games have passed.
– You’ve released Maicon came on for Stepanenko, because he decided to keep Taras or to give practice to Maicon?
– Yes, you said all right. It was necessary to keep and give the opportunity to play Maicon. Plus we have no defenders, as just said, the players that are its characteristics, if necessary, could reach the center of defense. The explanation is as follows.
– Do you see Danchenko main contractor and progressing?
I don’t know why, but all of the press conferences I get asked about Danchenko. Repeat what they said more than once: Oleg had a great training camp, and this match again proved it. In the super Cup and two matches of the championship, he proved excellent and productive. In the attack Danchenko gives us good depth and quality of recent decisions. This player is really increasing, all positive, I am very happy.
– How do you like the bunch in midfield, Fernando and Alan Patrick?
Alan is extremely important to us. A week before the match with “Dinamo” it was a personal issue – he was absent. It took him a while to recover and recover. Patrick needed in our attack. Fernando? Were the actions that I liked. He is still very young, like Cyprien. They had a lot of stuff to add. We need to give them time to gel together with each other, to adapt to Ukraine, the local football and our style. These are good guys that want to learn and work.
Fernando came out with the first minute: just had some difficulties with the occupation of the desired areas, but he scored, plus he had a few interesting moments. Cipriano also very cool came on as a substitute. Not easy at this age to debut and just to show something specific. Marquinhos is also a young player who needs to grow.