Defender of the Ukrainian national team and Shakhtar Donetsk Valery Bondar shared his expectations from the decisive Euro 2024 qualifying game against Italy:
“We were all happy about the first snow this year – literally like children, because New Year is coming soon. But, of course, on the other hand, we think how cold it is now for our guys at the front, and we want to help them. And we can help with positive emotions, which we really want to provide on Monday, the 20th. We will do everything to please our soldiers. But we are also a little cold, our feet are freezing, but we are getting used to it. It’s a tough field, of course, but what can you do? Fine.
Now we need to remember a little about the work we did before and prepare for the match with Italy. The coaching staff still needs to show us tactics, explain how we will act, prove all the points that he wants to see from us. Therefore, we are now working on exactly this.
I have very positive emotions from working with Sergei Rebrov. It’s interesting, because every coach has his own style. You must take the best from everyone and become more developed in all aspects every day. Good coaching staff.
Of course, it is a great pride when you come to our national team and have the right to represent the country. This is a big responsibility for me. We’ll see what we can do on Monday.”
The decisive qualifying match for Euro 2024 between the national teams of Ukraine and Italy will take place on November 20 in Leverkusen, Germany at the BayArena stadium (starts at 21:45 Kyiv time).