Head coach of Ukraine national team Andriy Shevchenko told about the preparation for friendly match against Japan, according to “Football 1”.
“The camp is fine. Arrived in Spain and played a friendly game with Saudi Arabia. Like in this match to look at new players and give the opportunity to play players without practice, to Express themselves. Many artists dropped out due to injuries. The match was not quite удачныv the result and content of the game. Not after this meeting to stay happy. We had the chances and opportunities to finish the match positively and not to worry then. Missed again from the standard position. Will work on this. Their chances should be used. I am unhappy with the conduct of the game. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the players haven’t seen 4 months and forgotten connection.
The game was given to us, we controlled it, scored a goal. Had chances to score, but never used them. A little passed the ball from flank to flank, trying to force the game. Saudi Arabia was very motivated. They have a new coach, is preparing for the world Cup. Despite the difference in class, they worked all 90 minutes and never stopped. We were not ready for it, though give the players information and realized that for the Saudis the match will be principal. Had to win, but it is in the past. The preparation for the match with Japan? Some players let go in the Junior one. Matvienko was not released due to injury Burda. Spent the morning training. We are expecting a difficult opponent. Our teams different tasks: the Japanese are preparing for the world Cup, and we are laying the Foundation, looking for new players. Unfortunately, Yaremchuk and Burda was injured. Let’s see who will entrust the place in the first team.
It is important to remember that the structure and relationships that were in the same match with Slovaks (2:1). In the match with Saudi Arabia did not have the ball control, as with Slovakia. This has me concerned. If I get the pleasure of working in a team? Comfortable situation in the national team should not be none, must be responsible. In the match with Japan desired result, despite the friendly nature of the meeting. Also, it was necessary to score the second goal to the Saudis and to leave winners. This is my problem. We must cultivate a desire to win. You can’t compare Saudi Arabia and Japan. Japan above class, it has good players who play in Europe, particularly in England and Germany. You will need to exert more effort and lose concentration. It was not enough in the match with Saudi Arabia,” – said Shevchenko.
We will remind, Ukraine vs Japan will be held on March 27 in Belgium.