The head coach of the Cypriot “Apollo” David Katala answered the questions of journalists on the eve of the match of the fifth round of the group round of the Conference League against “Dnepr-1”.
– Our team is very fruitfully preparing for tomorrow’s game. All our thoughts are to win and advance to the next round of the Conference League. Tomorrow will be an important fight. All this will be seen tomorrow.
– In the last game, you had problems with conversion, the team did not score during very critical moments. Is this a problem?
– Of course, we must improve in this aspect of the game. We cannot afford to miss from such positions and waste such moments. We are working on it, and the team needs to be concentrated. The main thing is to play aggressively in attack, acquire and convert your chances. Therefore, we can succeed. But if we do not score such moments, victory will not wait for us.
– Should we expect the same formation of the game that was in the last European Cup match against AZ, when you defeated the club from the Netherlands?
– Yes, I think the game will be similar. We need to play tight in defense, not make simple mistakes, because Dnipro-1 has very highly qualified forwards who do not waste such opportunities and convert such chances. At the same time, we will need to realize our own potential and play effectively ourselves, using all our chances at every opportunity. Therefore, we will not make any changes, because it has already given us the result in the match against AZ. The main thing is to put pressure and not give the opponent free space. All this can affect the result. The match lasts 90 minutes and we will need to play with concentration every minute and not fall out of the playing tone. Only then will we be able to achieve a result that suits us, and this is only a victory, because only it will provide us with the opportunity to reach the next round.
– What is the role of the fans who came to Kosice to support the team in this confrontation?
– Yes, of course, they should be close to the team. Especially in such games they help us. We really appreciate their support, and we know that they make great efforts to be together with the team in any match, in any country. Although, of course, not everyone has such an opportunity. We will try to please our fans. This will be a special game for all of us, so their support is more important than ever.
Dnipro-1 vs Apollo will take place on Thursday, October 27th. Beginning at 22:00 Kyiv time.