SHOULD NOT PLAY LIKE
Congratulating Fenerbahçe for the victory, Lucescu said, “Two of my players were injured during the match. One of them was in the hospital. Our goalkeeper was also injured. I had to pull one of our forward players to the defense. That’s why we played in very difficult conditions. We congratulate Fenerbahçe for winning the match. “But they shouldn’t play like that at the European level. There were a lot of fouls. The players simulated a bit. It was a very aggressive match,” he said.
Lucescu, who finished the meeting without taking questions from the members of the press, reproached the door while leaving the press conference room. Expressing that there was a lot of foul in the match, the experienced coach said, “There was a lot of foul. My players were hospitalized. My goalkeeper was injured. Understand me a little bit,” he said.
ANSWER FROM JORGE JESUS
Responding to the words of Dynamo Kyiv Coach Lucescu that Fenerbahce made too many fouls, Jesus said, “I have a lot of respect for Lucescu. He has proven his quality as a coach. Let me advise him, he can look at the statistics. He can see how many fouls they have committed. I don’t know how he watched the match, but he didn’t analyze it well. Kyiv constantly tried to stop Fenerbahçe players by fouling them. Their goalkeeper was always on the ground. I respect the idea that I don’t know how he sees that match. When he looks at the statistics, he will see that he is wrong. There are 5 moments in football. One is the set ball. We also work hard on set pieces. Szalai and Gustavo are tall, good at airballs. They were going to produce problems with throw-ins, and that’s exactly how it happened. Normally, matches are what you study during the week. Gustavo’s first goal came from a corner.
KIEV’S STRATEGY WAS TO FOUL
Referring to the game philosophy of Dynamo Kiev, the experienced coach said, “I didn’t talk to Lucescu, I didn’t even see him. If I had, I wouldn’t be talking about this. I can understand it. Today they had to be aggressive to stop Fenerbahçe offensively and they fouled. This was the strategy they had chosen. The referee allowed it. Every coach has a strategy, and they thought it was the best way. I think the opposite of his opinion. They made 20 odd fouls, we had to adapt to this situation. This is how we did it too. His first shots were scored during the match. In the first half, they had no shots to find our goal. Kyiv defended throughout the match. When we look at our ball percentage, you can see that we are defending. We forced them to do this. We got a well deserved win. “What we have to do now is to think about the Rennes game on Thursday.”