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Alexander Khatskevich, FC Dynamo Kiev

Alexander Khatskevich, FC Dynamo Kiev
November 28, 2018, 18:11

The head coach of Dinamo Alexander Khatskevich answered the questions of journalists on the eve of the match with Astana in the Europa League.

– How is the game outside temperature below zero and how will the heat in the arena be affected?

– Of course, in the cold, it would be more difficult for us to play, and +15 quite a comfortable temperature to play football, especially in the wind, even in the area. In general, I think the degree in the field will be even higher.

– What is your opinion about the lawn you will have to play?

– Each synthetic turf has its own characteristics. Usually we don't have much experience with artificial turf games, but we played two games with Young Boys last year – the first match was unsuccessful, the second was better, because we adapted. The same thing will happen tomorrow: the faster the game matches the grass, the better the game will be.

– Astana became the champion of Kazakhstan before planning and is currently experiencing trouble in official matches. How much can this fact be for you?

– Astana is participating in European competitions, not for the first year, as it was last year, and this year the situation was the same, so they know how to prepare. I don't think it would be an advantage for us that our rival doesn't have match practice and we're in good shape. We can only speculate. And tomorrow the football field will be decided.

– What's the status of Nikita Burda? How ready is it to be in the first minutes?

– Yesterday he had only worked with us in the general group, and before him he was individually engaged. Today there will still be a test character training. Of course, many things will depend on the properties of synthetics: how their muscles will be, how they will feel. Therefore, the answer to your question will only be clear after today's class.

– What kind of football are you expecting tomorrow?

– We started to build our game differently depending on the strong characteristics of our players. I don't know the teams going on and off the field, everyone's trying to win.

– Who do you think is the most dangerous player in Astana?

– They have a highly experienced attack group, players complete each other. There are strong, more technical players. The danger may come from any player – both in attack and in standard positions, this is the norm in modern football.

Astana – Dynamo will be held on Thursday 29th November. The meeting starts at 17:50 in Kiev.

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