Olexandr Karavayev: “We treated the game against Shakhtar as ordinary league match”

Olexandr Karavayev: “We treated the game against Shakhtar as ordinary league match”

FC Dynamo Kyiv defender Olexandr Karavayev answered journalists’ questions after the game against FC Shakhtar Donetsk (0:0).

- Are matches against Shakhtar special to you?

- Not really. I had only one training camp with Shakhtar first team and it was really long time ago. I haven’t made a single official appearance for Donetsk side. Still I’m Shakhtar academy trainee. I featured for Shakhtar-3 and reserve team. Then I went my way and eventually joined Dynamo. And I’ve won all Ukrainian trophies with the White-Blues.

- So, Dynamo must be the major club of your career. Is that so?

- In terms of achievements – that’s really so (smiling). Still I don’t forget clubs I played for before Dynamo.

- Was this match a chance to gain revenge or important league fixture to you?

- Actually we treated this game as ordinary league match. The battle will be on till late May and this was just one of many games. Still we’re bitter rivals. We couldn’t lose today, especially after two lopsided defeats. We aimed to win. We haven’t fulfilled everything we planned, but we feel we can do better.

- Is the draw a positive outcome for Dynamo, considering that you’re still three points ahead of Shakhtar?

- The league remains intriguing. If we won, we would have been six points ahead and many people would have said it’s over. We’re to play a lot of games and we’ll try to win each one.

- What did Mister tell you before the game?

- He said we must play correctly, the way he tells us. When we stick to his plan properly, we don’t lose. Mister has 50 years of football experience.

- What did Dynamo change comparing with the Ukrainian Super Cup?

- We just analyzed mistakes we made in the previous game. If we make at least 50% mistakes less, things will get better.

- What are your expectations of international fixtures?

- I hope we’ll break the streak of draws. It can’t last forever. Our spirit lets us aim to win.

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