Dynamo Kiev Star Andriy Shevchenko Happy With Rubin Kazan Victory


Ukrainian powerhouse Dynamo Kiev started this year’s Champions League campaign with a 3-1 home victory against Rubin Kazan. The guests took the lead before the break, but Dynamo fought back to record a win, much to the satisfaction of veteran forward Andriy Shevchenko .
“I enjoy playing for the team a lot, so Dynamo’s result is all that matters for me. If I score, then it is good, but if I do not, I do not care as long as my team is OK. I am very happy we won,” said Shevchenko after his side’s victory.

“To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous because the last time I played for Dynamo in the Champions League was ten years ago. It was very important for us to win our first match at home, because we have a very tough group. We need to get maximum points at home if we want to make it to the first knockout round.

“Rubin defended with skill and scored, so we struggled in the first half. After the break we changed our game. We started to move more and began to tackle them in the middle of the pitch and that created more chances to attack down the wings. That, together with our skill and big desire, allowed us to win,” added the former Milan hitman.

“We made it tighter for them in the middle of the pitch and prevented Rubin from switching play from defence to attack. Both defenders and midfielders got closer to their men and that allowed us to counterattack.

“We improved a great deal after the break, Rubin played to keep their advantage and could not change how the game went when we gained the momentum. After we scored two goals in quick succession it was very difficult for them to change anything. We deserved our victory.”


~ by footballdirecta on September 17, 2009.

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