Petrakov: The game in Armenia is nervous, we need points

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The head coach of the Ukrainian national team shared his expectations for the next match of the League of Nations.

Alexander Petrakov expects a difficult match with the Armenian team in the League of Nations. This is what the head coach of the Ukrainian national team said at the pre-match press conference.

According to the coach of Ukrainians, the opponent’s team is good and he also needs a point. In addition, the specialist spoke about the personnel situation in the national team before the match in Yerevan.

“Zinchenko is the head of the Ukrainian national team, we missed him, but this is the life of football. He called me on the phone, told me about the injury, disappointed that he didn’t help. We don’t have five key players However. It is a lot for us, but they will have a chance other footballers.

I have already said that Ukraine does not have many performers. It is very difficult for us to play when three or four players drop out. The guys that came out tried hard, but they weren’t ready to play at this level. We played against a team where everyone plays in the Premier League. I can’t say we were unlucky – this time the enemy outsmarted us. After the June game against Scotland, Steve Clarke said the same about us, and now I’d say they’ve outdone us. The Scots have surpassed us. Many of the men were not ready. They were told about it, set up. However, this is the League of Nations. Everyone has the right to make mistakes. It’s football, it’s sport.

I watched a lot of matches of the Armenian national team, they have a good coach, a Spanish specialist. The opponent will play in the stadium. You know we can’t play at home today – we always play away. Therefore, I consider the chances in tomorrow’s game as 50/50.

We now have 24 performers – three goalkeepers, 21 field players. Sarapiy flew, a healthy Mikolenko. Everything is fine, everything is healthy.

We have eight yellow cards. The next card – and the player will miss the match against Scotland. The match against Armenia will be nervous, we need a point, just like the opponent. The coach must think ahead.

Is the national team gathering planned for November? It was not decided by me, but by the leadership of the UAF. I went to the clubs in August, asked them to let us have two matches in November. At first they agreed, but then they rejected me. So the team won’t meet in November. The next training camp will take place in March next year,” said Petrakov.

Remember, the match between Armenia and Ukraine will take place tomorrow, September 24, in Yerevan. The match will start at 16:00 Kyiv time.

It was previously known that the game between Armenia and Ukraine will be served by a team of referees from Portugal.

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Source: korrespondent

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