From the war to the Champions League, Mudryk’s talent tells the story of Shakhtar: “We won for Ukraine”

From the war to the Champions League, Mudryk’s talent tells the story of Shakhtar: “We won for Ukraine”

Mykhaylo Mudryk is Shakhtar’s talent that exploded in the Champions League. At home they call him the Ukrainian Neymar, on Tuesday night he decided the match against Leipzig with a goal and two assists. His story tells the rebirth of a club that has been playing in exile since 2014. It lost everyone, but not its pride.

Author: Maurizio De Santis

Shakhtar celebrate their Champions League victory in Leipzig proudly displaying the Ukrainian flag.

the victory of Shakhtar for Leipzig (4-1) on the first day of Champions League subscribe to the bottom of the most romantic sports stories. It was exciting and terrible at the same time, thanks to the exoneration of the coach German provoked precisely by that terrible blow dealt at home against an opponent who – at least on paper – started out as an underdog.

Ukrainians haven’t played at home in Donetsk since 2014 (since the war broke out in Donbass). They do not even know if and when they will be able to return in light of the conflict erupted by the Russian invasion. The next Cup home matches will be played in Warsaw (Poland). The championship restarted two weeks ago and with considerable logistical difficulties, in addition to the danger of finding itself in the middle of an anti-missile alarm. For six months, players, staff and teams remained inactive, blocked and shaken by the war operations in the territory.

Lucas Taylor is the Brazilian survivor of the 'colony' of footballers who went out on loan or sold outright.
Lucas Taylor is the Brazilian survivor of the ‘colony’ of footballers who went out on loan or sold outright.

The cast was split from the market between loans and outright disposals. The ‘Brazilian colony’ that gave the team a strong tactical identity is gone. Solomon Mansion (Israel) and Tete were the last to leave after the farewells of David Neres (Benfica), dodo (Fiorentina), Marcos Antonio (Lazio), Fernando (Salzburg), Pedrinho (Atletico Mineiro), Marlon (Monza), ismaily (Lille).

Mykhaylo Mudryk is Shakhtar's star.  He is 21 years old, is a striker and in the Champions League he decided the game against Leipzig with a goal and two assists.
Mykhaylo Mudryk is Shakhtar’s star. He is 21 years old, is a striker and in the Champions League he decided the game against Leipzig with a goal and two assists.

The only South American left in the squad is the right-back Lucas Taylor. An exception to the current situation which sees all very young Ukrainian players registered with up to six players under the age of 23 and so many on the bench who have even fewer years (and experience).

Among these there is also a star, it is the left-handed attack outside the inverted foot as they say in the jargon: Mykhaylo Mudryk (21) kicks to the right but plays in the left lane, using speed and dribbling skills to become devastating by centering and hitting the net with his ‘favorite’ foot.

A goal and two assists gave Leipzig a boost and turned half of Europe into the spotlight for him. Everton had already done that in the Premier League, saying they were ready to put an important sum on the table: €30m. Arsenal, impressed by the talent of the ‘boy’ who has everything to explode, have also made it known that there is great interest in him.

He’s strong enough to have already earned a nickname and an important juxtaposition: they’ve renamed him the Ukrainian Neymar for his features and the way he tames (and makes disappear) the ball. In Shakhtar’s fable, its clarity is an open window to the future, a flower that blooms in the middle of a devastated field.

Source: Fan Page IT

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