The Ludogorets coach Valdas Dambrauskas spoke at a press conference prior to the match against Shakhtyor.
„I think Ludogorets is as prepared as the team should be. We trained for a month. We tried to perfect everyone and we also know enough about our competitor. Motivation is key. We will work after this match as well. We did great in the last trial match against LASK Linz”, the Lithuanian said.
„Everyone is available except for Santana who has a red card. Higinio is on an individual program and he has progressed. I have everyone else available”, continued Dambrauskas.
„Rotariu hasn’t trained a lot with the rest of the team. Anicet joined last. I have decided not to include them“, added the specialist.
„It is difficult to briefly describe the competitor. They are experienced and have their own style. I followed them last season because of some of their players. They know how to win and they often do it in the last minutes. They have 14 wins this season. We need to find their weaknesses“, обяви Дамбраускас.
„Every coach needs to improve things and we worked on what we had to change. We kept the good practices. We did not reach the level we needed to have. The upcoming match is different compared to the ones in Austria. We will need to put in more effort. I have always wanted my team to stand against a competitor who was about to have their first official match for the season. The key will be the number of mistakes both teams allow.“, продължи Дамбраускас.
„It is important to have depth in our rows. We will play a dozen matches in six weeks. We need to use all the resources we have. 11 players are simply not enough “, завърши Дамбраускас.