Football-Ukraine understands importance of North Macedonia clash – Shevchenko

Ukraine won’t need any extra motivation for Thursday’s game against North Macedonia in Euro 2020 Group C and feel positive despite their narrow loss to the Netherlands, the head coach Andriy Shevchenko. Ukraine came back from a 2-0 loss to the Dutch on Sunday and looked set to draw, but a late goal from Denzel Dumfries left them empty-handed.

“We have full understanding within the team. We know the tasks ahead and additional words are not needed. The team is preparing mentally,” Shevchenko told reporters. “It’s a really important tournament. It’s not every year that we get to the group stage of the European Championship, so every player understands the importance of every game and is responsible for their own play and the game. of the team.

“So we don’t need any additional words.” North Macedonia were beaten 3-1 by Austria in their opener and sit last in the group standings after Ukraine.

Shevchenko said the atmosphere in his team is good and they will not underestimate their opponents, who are playing their first major tournament as an independent nation. “We know we were just missing a bit to get a positive result. The team’s reaction has been great. And we had a lot of good times and we are very positive for the coming game,” said Shevchenko .

“North Macedonia is a team that deserves respect. They have character, their own style of play and they counterattack well.” Over the past two years they have played several good matches where they have beaten the best teams. So we have to be very careful with their counterattacks. “

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