Khatskevich wants aggressive Dynamo performance, Martins expecting different game

Khatskevich wants aggressive Dynamo performance, Martins expecting different game

Dynamo Kyiv boss Alyaksandr Khatskevich wants an aggressive showing from his players in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League Last 32, while Olympiacos manager Pedro Martins thinks it will be a different match in comparison to the first meeting.

Watch as Olympiacos look to turn things around in the UEFA Europa League Last 32 away to Dynamo Kyiv LIVE from AGONAsport on Thursday, February 21st. Details here.

Last week, Ukrainian giants picked up a valuable 2:2 draw at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the first leg of the Round of 32, with Vitaly Bulyalskyy and Benjamin Verbic striking the jackpot. Olympiacos’ Ahmed Hassan and Gil Dias scored two impressive goals for the Greeks, but in order to progress to the Last 16, they need to win in Kyiv or draw the game by scoring three or more goals (i.e. 3:3, 4:4).

Alyaksandr Khatskevich shared his expectations for the second leg in his press-conference:

Comparison to playing AEK last year: “This time, we have a completely different team, with a more attacking style. We need to play in a more aggressive manner in attack on Thursday. Injury problems? Tamas Kadar isn’t preparing for this match.”

Expectations for how the two teams will play in Kyiv: “It’s important for both teams to advance to the next stage of the competition, so neither side will make any compromises on the pitch. Olympiacos have to push, but from our side, we cannot play for a draw. The game will show how the two teams will play.”

Performance of Volodymyr Shepelyev in Piraeus: “Let’s take a look where he made mistakes. At times, he took risks by trying to make the final passes in attack, but on another day, they could have worked. We welcome his approach. We analysed our performance in the first match both in defence and in attack, looking where we should have played more solidly or taken risks. Hopefully, tomorrow, we will correct those errors. It’s very important to play in a more aggressive manner.”

Problems of having a long winter break: “In terms of match practice, Olympiacos have an advantage. However, both us and Olympiacos have players which can decide the outcome of games with their ability, and matches are decided by certain moments.”

Criticism of goalkeeper Denys Boyko after the first match: “Journalists have their own opinion. When Olympiacos had chances, Denys was reliable between the posts, and he also helped the team move out of defence and start attacking. We have belief in Denys.”

Youth team beating Juventus in the UEFA Youth League: “First of all, I would like to congratulate the guys with advancing to the next phase. They played fantastically and I hope they continue progressing together. They proved that Dynamo have a bright future.”

Pedro Martins revealed why Olympiacos decided against training in Ukraine and is expecting a different match in comparison to the first leg:

Why Olympiacos chose not to train in Kyiv: “We chose to train at our own facilities before flying here. We worked on our tactics at home and here we want to rest ahead of the upcoming match. It’s important to be fresh.”

What went wrong in Piraeus: “We’ve already analysed what happened in the first match. There’s nothing else to say. We’re looking ahead to the game tomorrow.”

Fears of being sacked if Olympiacos would have lost to AEK: “There’s no need to worry about me. I feel fine and we’re all working towards this second match against Dynamo Kyiv. I am pleased with the quality of our performances.”

Quality of Dynamo Kyiv: “They can sometimes be an unpredictable team. Although we’re playing on the road, we want to make an improvement on how we played at the Karaiskakis Stadium, especially if we talk about the second half of that game. Our team can achieve something positive and I believe in qualifying for the next phase.”

Option of playing aggressively in Ukraine: “Our philosophy is to play attacking football. Tomorrow, the two teams will try to control the tempo of the match, and there will be differences between this game and the first meeting in Greece. We’re prepared for an interesting, tough match.”


by Shaun Nicolaides

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