Sudakov: Some might say that losing 1:2 away to Barcelona is a good result. But we felt that we could do much more

According to Shakhtar’s leader, the team is disappointed by the defeat from the grandee of world football

Midfielder Shakhtar Georgy Sudakov shared his impressions after his team’s defeat in an away match Champions League With Barcelona.

“Disappointed. Because they lost. One hundred percent – we always play to win. And today, especially in the second half, we felt that we could do much more. We could score a second goal, there were chances. We understand that Barcelona is Barcelona, ​​and it’s difficult to play away. And maybe we got knocked down by two goals in a short period.”

“In the first half, not everything worked out. In the second, the coach adjusted what needed to be done. And things began to work out better – they scored a goal and there was still half an hour to equalize the score. There were good moments, but we didn’t take advantage of them.”

“Adjustments [в перерыве] Pusic contributed, he led the game today, and Dario gave a little advice. But all the emphasis was done by the coach. The adjustments concerned the construction. Stepanenko and Bondarenko dropped low, we needed to play higher, and we started to have zones. We started to come out through Matvienko and Azarov, through long passes and played more forward.”

“Honestly, everyone went into the locker room disappointed. Some might say that a 2:1 draw away from Barcelona is a good result. But we felt that we could do much more. It’s a pity that we lost, and we understand how difficult the tournament situation is now. But we will continue to move forward and are already preparing for the next matches.”

Let us remind you that on October 25, Shakhtar lost to Barcelona with a score of 1:2 in the 3rd round of the group stage of the 2023/24 Champions League. In the first half, the Miners conceded twice in 8 minutes. After the break, the Ukrainian champion improved, began to play more actively in attack, and in the 62nd minute scored one goal – Sudakov scored from a pass from Irakli Azarov.

This was Shakhtar’s debut match under the leadership of Marino Pusic. The specialist was appointed to the post of head coach of the Miners only on the eve of the match. In front of him for a short time was a team in the status of “and. O.” coached by sports director Darijo Srna.

Having lost, Shakhtar remained in third place in Group H with 3 points. Barcelona scored 9 points and confidently leads the quartet.

On November 7, Shakhtar and Barcelona will hold another face-to-face meeting. The match will take place in Hamburg.

Source: Sportarena

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