Thiago Leal / Gazeta.ua
Coach-analyst Shakhtar Thiago Leal believes that the national team of Ukraine has good chances to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020. His word brings the press service of “miners”.
“A draw with Portugal? Good result for Ukraine. Portugal are the reigning Champions of Europe, they were the favourites, especially on their home turf. However, the Ukrainian team had a great match, perfectly fought, so the result is absolutely fair.
Who to support? A difficult question. After all Portugal is our country forever. Of course, Ukraine have a special feeling, but at the moment of truth the heart is still Portuguese.
The chances of the Ukrainian team to exit the Euro? Many players perform together at Shakhtar. They have well-established processes, relationships, the fruits of daily labour. In my opinion, this is a big advantage. I remember 2004, when Portugal was formed mostly from representatives of Porto, respectively, both teams were very strong. Ukraine has good chances to compete for qualification to Euro because the players of Shakhtar almost the same composition can also be used effectively in the team”.
The Ukraine national team played a draw with Portugal (0:0) and defeated Luxembourg (2:1) in two vyezdnaja matches of selection for Euro 2020.