Shevchenko praises support of Dynamo players for Taison

Head coach of the national football team speaks on the upcoming matches of the team
17:45, 13 November 2019

Ukraine's Federation of Football

Head coach of the national football team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko told about the preparation of his team for the upcoming matches against Estonia and Serbia. This was reported by the press service of Ukrainian football association.

"Mykolenko was examined. He has no serious injuries. He will be ready for the second match. Konoplyanka recovered, he had a fever at the last moment. He will not train today. Shepelev had a small problem, but everything is fine, he will be training. The rest of the team has shown no problems.

Players should always be motivated.  Some of the main players are injured, those who have played in the last matches, they will not participate. There are injuries, cards. There will be a chance for guys, who played less. Excellent motivation. Plus – good opponent in front of us. It is possible that we will meet them in the future, the drawing may be different.

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Popov plays for the youth team. It plays around the same structure as the main team does. Let's see how he will show himself in the youth. It is good that he has been performing for the club in the recent matches. Let him get a permanent seat, become a leader. I do not rule out the option with his invitation.

It was nice to see how Dynamo football players supported Taison. Racism has no place in football. Everybody has to react like that. We must stand against this problem and fight. 

As we reported earlier, a racist scandal occurred during a football game between Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk. The incident took place in Kharkiv on November 10, as Dynamo fans verbally attacked Brazilian players from the opposing team.

Eventually, Taison, the midfielder of the Mountaineers lost it and flipped the fans off. The referee sent him off and stopped the game to calm down the tension. Taison burst into tears as he left the arena. 

Related: Ukrainian Association of Football may punish Dynamo with match without spectators

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