Head coach of “Shakhtar” Luiz Castro expressed his disagreement with the emotions of many fans from Portugal who negatively perceived the departure of Benfica from the Europa League from the Pitmen.
“Looks like it was the end of the world, when Shakhtar knocked out Benfica. No, Shakhtar is a team in the Champions League, which has quality and its values. Say we passed on only because he had used weaknesses Benfica… But Benfica scored in Kharkov from the penalty spot, and the house used the mistakes of our defense.”
“I admit that Benfica have suffered from the errors that allowed the players. But they were able to score. And they were wrong, and we – the game was made in error.”
“We have analyzed opponent and showed the players how to act in the attack. If we could attack, we had to do it. If we had to close the space where usually rush Midfielders of Benfica, we had to do it,” – shared his thoughts Castro live podcast Pro Scout.
Recall that in the first match of 1/16 finals of the Europa League “Shakhtar” in Kharkov defeated Benfica with the score 2:1, and in the return match in Lisbon played out a 3-3 draw. Subsequently, the Pitmen went to Wolfsburg, but was able to spend only one game, winning in Germany with the account 2:1, after which the tournament was suspended by UEFA because of the pandemic coronavirus.