how Ukraine is preparing for the dams despite the war

how Ukraine is preparing for the dams despite the war

As the context of war between Russia and Ukraine continues and that the emotional aspect remains complicated to bear, the Ukrainian team is nevertheless mobilized. Indeed, on Wednesday, June 1, she will play a major dam against Scotland before potentially facing Wales on Sunday, June 5 to compete in the 2022 World Cup. A great prospect for Zbirna whose only and participation in the World Cup dates back to 2006 and this would be a strong symbol given the current context. However, if the dream looks good, getting it right is complicated. The war has already disrupted the preparation with a group with disparate states of form. Taking advantage of an internship in Slovenia to get back in shape, the national team relied on 25 local players including Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Oleksiy Gutsulyak (Dnipro -1) who had their first call-up. Among these elements, a skimming took place while Ukrainians playing abroad will join the group on the dropper.

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An encouraging preparation, but one that still casts doubt

The coach has opted for Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton), Eduard Sobol (Bruges), Taras Kacharaba (Slavia Prague), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City), Ruslan Malinovskiy (Atalanta), Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) , Oleksandr Zubkov (Ferencvaros), Roman Yaremchuk (Benfica) and Danylo Sikan (Hansa Rostock). After a somewhat disrupted start to preparations in Slovenia where there was a dispute between the Ukrainian federation and Dynamo Kiev which refused to release its players, as the club also had charity matches to play, friendly matches were scheduled and played by Ukraine in order to rise in power. The first match was the most interesting against Borussia Mönchengladbach with a 2-1 victory against the German club on goals of the Mykhaylo Mudryk phenomenon and Oleksandr Pikhalyonok. A great first followed by a win against Empoli (3-1) and a draw against Rijeka (1-1). Encouraging results and benefits, but which raise some doubts.

Especially since players from abroad will have to catch up quickly in the next few days. Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is in the Champions League final this Saturday (as is the Scotsman Andrew Robertson). Former Ukrainian international who scored for Dynamo Kiev, Vladislav Vashchuk was rather restrained in remarks relayed by Sport : “So far, the impressions of the national team are not as exciting as we would like. I expect that we will always go to the World Cup, but we have to do everything we can to win and get a ticket. ” The latter is also waiting for many of the stars playing abroad who will soon join the selection. Leonid Buryak, a coach between 2001 and 2003 and former glory of Dynamo Kiev, has concerns about moving to Scotland: “Yes, I’m afraid of this game with the Scots … I played in Scotland and I know how difficult it is there. Despite the fact that the Scots have recently improved significantly in the ball game, the key to facing them will be good fitness, endurance under insane pressure. I hope that the Ukrainian team will have the courage not to side. “

A whole country united in difficulty

More united than ever in recent years because of its political situation, Ukraine will rely on a more motivated football team than ever before. The goal is clear: to bring pride to an entire people and to send a message of hope for the future of the country by participating in the second World Cup in its history. Shakhtar Donetsk’s young defender Valeriy Bondar is well aware of this. Sport : “The training process is going very well. We are preparing for one of the most important games of our lives. ” Local legend Andriy Shevchenko, who was on an adventure in 2006, also supported the players: “Many players on the Ukrainian national team did not have the opportunity to train at all before the game against Scotland. But I think a miracle is possible because I know their motivation. ”

Shakhtar Donetsk’s sporting director, Croatian Darijo Srna, also expressed optimism: “Physically, the team is well prepared, mentally preparing for June 1 and waiting for players to play abroad. Guys are very motivated, and I can confidently say that the Ukrainian players and staff will give their full strength, more than 100%, to bring sporting success and a lot of joy to Ukraine and go to the World Cup. . We hope and encourage them. ” While Ukraine will have to settle for internal clashes ahead of the match against Scotland, as it has not found an opponent that matches its demands (either too weak teams or a timing issue), c So it’s a pretty fuzzy team to compete against the Tartan Army. However, motivation will not be lacking in order to achieve the sensation. One year after its beautiful Euro 2020 which ended in the quarterfinals, Ukraine wants to write another beautiful page in its football history. This one would obviously have a special taste since the context is even more complicated than last summer.

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