They will try for a moment to concentrate on football and the playoffs, which is just around the corner. For the first time since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the ukrainian national team met this Friday, in Slovenia, where training has begun for the World Cup qualifying matches in Qatar.
This was reported by the team’s coach, Oleksandr Petrakov, at a press conference in the Slovenian town of Brdo pri Kranj, where he expressed his confidence that the players can get back in shape amid the great difficulties they face.
Ukraine They will face Scotland on June 1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow, in a play-off tie, and the winner of the match will play four days later against Wales in the final for the last European place in the World Cup.
“I hope we succeed in Scotland”, said Petrakov, quoted by the Slovenian news agency STA.
“We have been a long time without football. We are working very hard to move forward. In training we are getting better and better”, explained for his part the player Taras Stepanenko, from Shakhtar Donetsk, although he admitted that his mind and emotions are still in his homeland: “When I hear the anthem, I just cry”.
Despite this, the team is determined to give their best to win against Scotland and Wales, he assured.
Petrakov explained that most of the players, who come from Shakhtar and Dinamo kyiv, have already arrived in Slovenia, but that he has not yet decided on the final composition of the team, since he will wait for the end of the European leagues.
In the middle of the month, Danylo Sikan, from Hansa Rostock (from the second category of German football), Roman Yaremchuk, from Benfica, Oleksandr Zubkov, from Ferencváros, and Taras Kacharaba, from Slavia Prague, will join the team.
From Italian Atalanta they expect Ruslan Malinovskyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City and Andriy Yarmolenko from West Ham United.
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