Chief coach of Ukraine's national football team Andriy Shevchenko said how he feels like before the match with Italy, which to take place today in Genoa, reports the website of the Football Federation of Ukraine.
‘I am glad to be back to Italy as a coach. This country brought many things to my life. Will be glad to show here the way my team plays. We have problems with the team roster, as well as the Italian team does. It is difficult since many footballers play in their national championships. Andriy Yarmolenko will not play. Despite everything, I will try to build a strong team, which to show a good game.
Some of the players arrived in the team camps yesterday because they play in European leagues. It would be pointless to go back to Ukraine and then fly all together here. We decided to give allow them to arrive in Italy right away. Let us see what they show on the training, and then we will decide on the team roster. I came to the national team at a difficult time, after the 2016 UEFA European Championship where we failed. It was very difficult to form a team, to boost morale, to organize the structure and change the approach to the game. Unfortunately, we lost to Croatia at 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. But this team eventually became a world championship finalist. As for me, we showed a qualitative game at the qualification. I see a potential in most of the footballers, what sets me for positive. We showed a good result in the recent matches. I repeat I want to bring my team to the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship,’ Shevchenko said.
Reportedly, Italy-Ukraine friendly match will take place today at 9:45 p.m., 112 Ukraine will broadcast the match.