Director of football “Shakhtar” Darijo Srna commented on the draw for the Europa League. If the team will “Wolfsburg”, then in the 1/4 finals will play against Basel or Eintracht Frankfurt.
– Darijo, your first reaction to the draw possible opponents in the next round of the Europa League?
– First in our thoughts should be only “Wolfsburg”. Of course, we now know the potential opponents – “Eintracht” or “Basel”. Most likely it will be “Basel”. I’m happy with the draw, but you need to think about the “Wolfsburg” is a very good team. This is our main goal. Only afterwards can I think about another opponent.
– Shakhtar have already met Basel in the Champions League and Eintracht last season in the Europa League. What are your impressions from those struggles? What is the level of the opponents?
Yes. Against Basel we had a positive score, Eintracht – no. Both teams deserve respect. “Basel” double-beat “Getafe”… But, like I said, our thoughts are with “Wolfsburg”. About Basel we won’t have to think.
– If Shakhtar will host Wolfsburg, will have an unusual final tournament, where all will be decided in a single match. That will come to the fore in these struggles? What details and features should be considered in order to prepare the team to configure it to get every match the desired result?
– Most importantly, football is back. It is important for spectators, fans and players. One match at each stage? There is no favorite. Good that we play with a “Wolfsburg” in Ukraine. For us it’s a decisive game. Only then we will think about further. We have not yet said the last word in the Europa League.