The head coach of thenational team of Ukraine Serhiy Rebrov spoke about the defeat from the Italian team in the match of the 6th round of selection for Euro-2024.
In the match in Milan, our national team lost with a score of 1:2. The Blue-and-Yellows managed to respond to Davide Frattesi's double only with a goal by their captain Andriy Yarmolenko.
"It is too early to make an analysis, but we will definitely conduct it. The Italians were not surprised, they tried to play very intensively from the first minute. They were helped by an early goal. Yes, they created chances, but I'm grateful to the guys for getting back into the game. We scored a goal, had a few chances in the second half to equalise. I would like to thank the guys again, because it is very difficult to play after a difficult match against England. Again, Italy played very intensively, sometimes we could not keep up with this rhythm.
As in the game against England, there was a good atmosphere. Today there were fewer Ukrainians, but I saw how the Italians supported Ukraine. We are very grateful for that. Although such an atmosphere plays into the hands of the home team - San Siro helped the Italian national team a lot. But we are grateful that we are playing here, that Italy has accepted us so much.
What did the national team of Ukraine lack to change the course of this match? One goal was missing. It is very difficult to play after two days. We tried to put more pressure on the opponents, but I saw that it was very difficult for the guys - in the game against England they gave a lot of energy. I want to remind you once again who we are playing against. I don't understand why everyone says that the Italian national team is in crisis now," the official website of the UAF quotes Rebrov as saying.
In addition, Rebrov assessed the chances of the Ukrainian national team to get out of the group. The helmsman of the "blue-yellows" is sure that the fight is not over yet and our team can win a ticket to the European Championship.
"There are chances, even when there are none. We fell into a very difficult group. Two games – against England and Italy – were key. If you look at the standings, we have a chance. For the next two matches, we will prepare very seriously. I am sure that we have a chance," Rebrov added.
The national team of Ukraine in the selection for Euro-2024: standings and when are the next matches
According to the results of six rounds, the national team of Ukraine (7 points) dropped to third place in Group C. England is in the lead (13 points), Italy has risen to the second position (7). North Macedonia (7) is on the fourth step, Malta is the last (0).
Our team has three matches left to play in the Euro-2024 qualifiers: Ukraine - North Macedonia (October 14), Malta - Ukraine (October 17) and Ukraine - Italy (November 20).
The two best teams from each group will advance to the final part of the 2024 European Championship. The winners of three more tickets to the continental championship will be determined in the playoffs, where 12 teams will get depending on their performances in the League of Nations-2022/23.
The draw for the final part of Euro-2024 will take place in December 2023, and the tournament itself will be hosted by Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024. The German national team, as the host of the tournament, got to the continental championship without selection.
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