Today was held the draw for the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, which was sent to rivals Shakhtar Benfica.
The head of Committee of national teams of the UAF Miron Markevich shared his opinion about Benfica:
— Not the best option. They will go on to the championship, so they will be in good shape. Flew out of the Champions League, so all the forces thrown out on the Europa League. In Portugal it is always hard to play. I once felt.
It’s hard to say now because who knows what will be Shakhtar. I don’t know about gain, but most importantly, no one left to keep. How will — we’ll see.
— In the last round of the Champions League “Benfica” defeated “Zenit”. Is it possible to compare the Russian club from Shakhtar?
— “Zenit” I think it’s not a team. There is serious money there are good players, but they lose all. In the championship of Russia what sort of saluted, but in Europe — just no. Nothing to compare to. The budget “Zenith” once in two or three more than Benfica, but there is no character. “Shakhtar” — is another matter.
— The first match Shakhtar will meet on the home field. This is one drawback?
— Yes, it’s not the best option. Most importantly, the condition will be Shakhtar and whether there will be personnel changes. You need gain because the team defense is very weak. The head coach needs to work on that. The first year, Shakhtar have conceded 20-25 goals. This is ridiculous.