Midfielder of Shakhtar Donetsk and the national team of Ukraine Heorhiy Sudakov spoke about the preparation of the "blue-yellows" for the decisive match of the group stage of selection for Euro-2024 against the Italian team.
The 21-year-old midfielder paid tribute to Squadri Azzurri, who are the reigning European champions, but said that the players of the Ukrainian national team will make every effort to win and win a ticket to the continental championship.
"The style and principles of play have not changed after Rebrov's arrival, we like to play offensively, possess the ball. With more Ukrainian legionnaires in Europe, we have more confidence and international experience. Mudryk and Trubin are now, so to speak, bringing more energy and knowledge.
Who from the Squadra Azzurra do I like? Midfielders - Zaniolo, Barella, Locatelli. Italy are very strong, they are the reigning European champions, I respect them very much. But we will fight for victory and will make every effort. To beat Italy and get to the Euro is our dream. After the peace comes, of course," Sudakov was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Ukraine-Italy match will take place on November 20 in Leverkusen, Germany. The game kicks off at 21:45 Kyiv time.
The victory over the Italians is guaranteed to bring the national team of Ukraine to the European Championship. Rebrov's team will even be satisfied with a draw if, in the penultimate 9th round of selection for Euro-2024, the Squadra Azzurra cannot beat North Macedonia at home on November 17.
Currently, the national team of Ukraine with 13 points occupies the second position in Group C. England is in the lead with 16 points, which reached Euro-2024 ahead of schedule. In third place is Italy (10). North Macedonia (7) is on the fourth step, Malta is the last (0).
Group C table after eight rounds
Group C table after eight rounds / Photo: flashscore.ua
It will be recalled that the two best teams from each group will reach 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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