Turkish Fenerbahce head coach Jorge Jesus commented on the victory over Dynamo Kyiv (2:1) in the first round of the Europa League group stage.
Dynamo stopped our attacks in the first half with tactical fouls. Already by the 10th minute, the Dynamo team committed 8 fouls, and on the 25th minute their goalkeeper began to play for time. This should not be. I don’t know if it’s customary in Ukraine, but players shouldn’t behave like that. And my team fought to the end to win this match. They applied technical-tactical principles to the best of their ability.
I have a lot of respect for Lucescu. This is a coach who has proven his skills, but I can give him advice: let him look at the statistics of the match and see how many fouls the Dynamo players had. Their medical team entered the field 8 times. I don’t know how he watched the match, but I think he analyzed it badly. I respect his opinion, but I don’t agree. Dynamo constantly tried to stop Fenerbahce players with fouls, especially in the first half hour. In addition, their goalkeeper constantly lay on the lawn to play for time. I don’t know how he sees the match, but I respect his opinion. He has his opinion, I have mine, but when he looks at the statistics, he will see that he is wrong.
I did not communicate with Lucescu, I did not even see him. If we met, I wouldn’t talk to him about it. I can understand Lucescu, they had to play very aggressively to stop Fenerbahce. Therefore, they often fouled. This was the strategy they chose. And the referee allowed it. Each coach has his own strategy. He thought it was the best way. I have no comments on this. I think the exact opposite of his opinion. For the entire match, Dynamo made 20 fouls. We had to adapt to this situation in order to keep the balance in the match.
In the first half they didn’t have a single shot on our goal. They defended throughout the match. This is normal, because we forced them to do so. We won a well-deserved victory. We are reaping the fruits of our hard work. Our organization on the field was good. What we need to do now is to think about the game against Rennes on Thursday.
We played against them in the Champions League qualification. We thought we could win and advance to the next round, but you know what happened. Therefore, we wanted to respond with a victory. We have shown that we are as strong a team as Dynamo. The main favorites of this group are Dynamo and Rennes, not Fenerbahce. Because Fenerbahce has lost the strong image it has built in Europe in recent years. Our first goal is to fix this. We want to return this image again. We know that we have a chance to get out of this group and we will work hard for it.
Modern football is a game where defense must be well organized. But it is not necessary to make such movements to stop the opponent, such movements that Dynamo made in the 90th minute of the match. Such movements are no longer used in the Europa League and high-level tournaments, but such movements can be seen in tournaments that we can call the second and third levels. Buschan is a very good goalkeeper. Neither he nor Dynamo need to take such steps. You have to respect the game and the fans,” Jesus said.
The Fenerbahce official website also notes that Jesus gestured to Buschan: “Now you can lie on the floor as long as you like. If you want, lie down on the floor for an hour. It doesn’t matter now,” Jesus said.