«Focused until the end»
Yevhen Shakhov spoke to Novasports TV ahead of the upcoming encounter against Panetolikos in Agrinio for matchday 25 of Super League Souroti. Here is what the Ukrainian midfielder said:
On the victory over Atromitos:
«I feel great that we managed to remain undefeated in the league for one year. It’s a collective effort. Everybody is working to improve themselves, but the final result is achieved by all of us. For the first time in my career, I can boast being undefeated in the league for so long».
On Maurício’s injury and its effect on the team:
«It’s an unfortunate and sad development. There are various quality players on our team though, who can fill his void effectively».
On what will be tougher for Maurício right now: physical or mental fatigue
«It’s a combination. He is going through a tough period, but he is a strong guy and I am confident he will be even better upon his return».
Whether he feels the domestic double nearing:
«We feel close, but haven’t achieved anything yet. We must remain focused and work. Once we win the two titles, then we can celebrate».
On the fans’ excitement:
«We all know how important titles are for the fans. That gives us extra motivation to succeed».
Whether he thought about winning titles when he joined PAOK:
«When I came here, I felt immediately the team’s potential and their thirst for success. We have already won two trophies and hopefully more will come».
On January’s signings:
«Oliveira is an excellent player. He adjusted immediately and won a place in the starting XI. I am confident he will be even better in upcoming games».
On his own future at PAOK:
«I am very happy with my work. That’s all I can say. Let’s see how things unfold. Only God knows what future brings».
On the Agrinio encounter:
«We want those three points. We will be focused on our work. Our coach has already shown us what we should know and we are ready from a tactical point of view. We are confident that we will get the three points».