Slot considers war to meet Ukrainian Shakhtar: ‘It has repercussions’

Feyenoord and Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk will face each other in the UEFA Europa League Round of 16. The game is played in Warsaw, Poland because of the war. Feyenoord coach Arne Slot describes playing against this opponent as “especially special”.

The 44-year-old coach says he followed the war in the Netherlands but is now “closer”. For example, Slot now considers family members of Shakhtar’s players and personnel involved in combat or “died in the worst case”.

Slot also states that the only Ukrainian journalists who asked him questions were women. “I’ve heard that their male colleagues have to fight at the front.

One of the participating Ukrainian journalists emphasized that Shakhtar’s game against Feyenoord could be symbolic for the whole nation. Slot is aware of this. “Still, I have to say they were always fanatical.”

It’s not just Shakhtar’s fanaticism that impresses the coach. According to the slot, Shakhtar has a good roster full of Ukrainian talent.

It also points to Shakhtar’s previous European results this season. For example, the team amassed six points, including beating Real Madrid 1-1 in the Champions League group stage.

At that time, Mudryk was still playing for Shakhtar. The big star who moved to Chelsea for 100 million Euros in the winter. Slot says its absence has made a difference, but there are still plenty of good players. Even if the Ukrainians are struggling with injuries.

According to Slot, this also applies to Feyenoord. He points out that some Feyenoord players have “reached their limits”. Therefore, he does not rule out that he will save the players if the match allows. “You will see which players are involved tomorrow.”

At the Szymanski base

Either way, Sebastian Szymanski is certain to start at the top. Pole made a comeback against FC Groningen last weekend and returned to the city where he enjoyed success with his first professional club, Legia Warsaw. “I’m ready to play.”

According to current journalists, Shakhtar takes into account the stamina of Feyenoord, who has scored several times in the closing stages of a game this season. In the analysis, Shakhtar would focus on the last five minutes of the Rotterdam side.

“For the first 85 minutes, that’s good news for us,” Slot said with a wink.

Source: NOS