The mentor of Shakhtar Mircea Lucescu shared his opinion about the results of the draw of the Champions League.
Normal pairings. Of course, there were more equal groups. There are also more strong. Well, that again will bring three clubs from the Champions League in Ukraine. None of them had previously played us,” said Lucescu.
“The fact that malmö defeated Celtic, says that this is a difficult, powerful team. I, first, am happy that we qualified for the group stage. Every year it’s harder to do. Great branding and financial interest. Also important factor of history – we went down in history six times, when he reached the group stage”.
“Not to say that exit from the second location was easy.All other clubs which were ranked second – Metalist, Dynamo and Dnipro, unfortunately, did not pass the qualifying rounds. This once again demonstrates how important the group stage: not winning the championship, to pass two teams in qualifying”
“I and my players are proud of it, because the Ukrainian fans will be able to see us in the Champions League alongside such competitors. You should prepare well for the matches. Let’s hope that all will be well, which is very important in order to approach the games in good form. Although the conditions are again unequal. We remain a team without a stadium without our home fans. Let’s hope that our fans in Lviv will be always there, well will support us and understand that we represent all of Ukraine. The Champions League is a very interesting adventure, not only in sports, but in human terms,” concluded the coach of Shakhtar.
The results of the draw for the group stage of the Champions League.