The head coach of Dynamo Kyiv Mircea Lucescu commented on the defeat in the match of the 3rd round of the UPL against Zorya Lugansk:
— Today, Dynamo player Brazhko, who is on loan at Zorya, scored the decisive goal. Previously loaned players did not play against Dynamo. What changed?
– I did not know that Brazhko would play. But regardless, it is important that he plays, improves his skills. I can only congratulate him.
While working at Shakhtar, I also allowed some loan players to play against my club. But this time, I didn’t make the decision.
I don’t deal with loan players, I deal with my team. Our defensive mistakes are worrying. This was the key moment today: we were on the move in the second half, we were ready to score a second goal at 2-1, but again we made a mistake.
The game of the team as a whole is also disturbing. A lot of nerves and fuss was in the actions of our players. This allowed the opponent to get organized, to launch good counterattacks, with the help of which Zorya scored today.
The desire of the guys was great. But this desire, on the contrary, interfered with them – they fussed, hurried. A quickly conceded ball made additional nervousness. It was not possible to make the last pass correctly – in many respects precisely because of these emotions and nervousness.
Before the match, I told the guys that we are now going through a difficult moment. In addition to the negative results, Tsygankov and Popov were injured, and Vivcharenko was taken to the hospital tonight. These moments are reflected in the overall state of the team.
By the beginning of the season, we played 21 control matches, 18 of which were won and 3 were drawn. We were confident in our abilities. What happened now is hard to explain. This moment must be experienced.
We withstand the load, we move well. Most likely, problems in terms of psychology: the players were not with their families for a long time, there were many exhausting trips. In a word, there are many factors that fetter the players and create a nervous atmosphere.
Press conference of Mircea Lucescu. Dynamomania
Now we need to switch to the next match, prepare for the duel with Fenerbahce in the first round of the Europa League group stage. In the Ukrainian Championship we will still have the opportunity to catch up, and in the Europa League we need to cling to every point.
With regret, I must say again that there are many pauses in the championship matches, doctors often take to the field. The fragmentary course of the game is nervous, knocks down the rhythm, does not allow the team to show their game. The referees constantly tell each player what to do, explain the reason for stopping the game, and so on. This is used by the teams leading in the score.
Congratulations to Zorya and his coach on the victory. Our opponent achieved such a result, first of all, due to a great desire to win. “Dawn” played liberated, we allowed her a lot of freedom, gave a lot of zones. Due to nervousness, many mistakes were made – both individual and tactical.
You can discuss our line-up for today’s match, but given the upcoming moves and a busy schedule of matches, I have to rotate. I don’t blame anyone from those who played in the first half, but something had to be changed, so during the break I made three substitutions at once.