Shakhtar’s football director Darijo Srna commented on the victory in the Champions League matchday 1 against RB Leipzig (4:1).
Did you expect such a match?
– Honestly? Not expected. We went into the locker room with the director and said that we were proud of the team. Didn’t even know what to say. In such a situation, bringing so much joy to the Ukrainian people is worth a lot. This is a victory for Ukraine.
– There was a lot of skepticism before the match – young players, little experience, few foreign players. But it seemed that they went out on the field to fight.
We are still building. This is a new team, a new Shakhtar. The young boys have worked. They have a future, but it takes time. Once again I repeat that I am glad to be a part of this team at such a time. When times are good, it’s easy to be with the team. In difficult times, we show that we are one family, and this is the victory of the Ukrainian people.
– And which of the guys surprised?
– I am very pleased with the Swede. His first game. And also the coaching staff, the players… Well done. Congratulations to you too. Thanks for your support from day one. We have everything ahead. There will be many ups and downs – there will be good moments and bad ones. But you should always have fun, because Shakhtar did something that no one expected. With the boys who are the future of Shakhtar and the future of Ukrainian football.