The player of "Mariupol": "After departure from the Champions League, the players of "Shakhtar" will be evil"


Defender Eugene Neplyakh &ndash

Sunday in Kharkiv will take place the match of the 24th round of the championship of Ukraine "Shakhtar" – "Mariupol". Defender of the team from Mariupol Eugene Neplyakh shared his opinion on the upcoming game.

- "Shakhtar" in particular needs no introduction. All know what it is. We primarily want to test their strength in a match with such a rival. Show what we're made of. Strong team, good stadium, a good field. On this pitch, this year we haven't played... will Try to show good football.

- Tuesday "Shakhtar" played in the Rome match 1/8 Champions League. Do you think this game will be reflected on the Pitmen's game on Sunday?
- Having been eliminated from the Champions League, the team will now focus on the Premier League and the Ukrainian Cup. So, I think, worse for the Pitmen to play just will not. Certainly, the players of Shakhtar will be "evil" and more motivated. It will be interesting.

- In four games this year, "Mariupol" has missed only one ball. At the same time Shakhtar have the strongest attack in the League (54 goals), and in the spring, the Pitmen scored 16 goals. Cope defense "Mariupol" with such an attack?
- The numbers don't play football. In any case, it will be difficult. Against Shakhtar are always fun to play. They have a very skilled group attack, which collected individually very strong performers. Some of the best not only in Ukraine. Let's see how the rest of the game. Again, we want to test myself and show.

- You're already quite an experienced player and Shakhtar played more than once. What match was the most memorable?
- Every match with Shakhtar memorable. They always have a strong team. The leaders go, the composition is changing, but Shakhtar is Shakhtar. This team with its style of games writing. The most memorable match for me first. It was July of 2013. "Sevastopol", which I was playing, just out in the Premier League and the match of the 2nd round took Shakhtar. I was young, I worried very much. For the Pitmen played Alex Teixeira, Douglas Costa, Luiz Adriano... we also had a good team — Alexander Chizhov, Sergey Simonenko, Kostyantyn Yaroshenko, Denys Kozhanov, Vitaliy Vytsenets, Sergey Kuznetsov. We gave battle, but in the end conceding two goals, lost— 1:3.

- "Mariupol", which only returned to the Premier League this season, managed to get into the top 6. Draw with Zorya, Priazovsky climbed to fifth place. What are the team's ambitions this season?
- We're in the first "six" is not just. We deserve it and why we no longer fight for the top places? We are not look now at the standings don't look. In addition, there is such a density — after each round, everything changes. We go from game to game, trying to score points in every match, including against Shakhtar. And at the end of the championship will see where we finish.

Let's remind, that "Shakhtar" leads tournament table of the championship of Ukraine with 54 points ahead of Dynamo by 6 points. "Mariupol" for 33 points and fifth place in the table.