Taison: "The semifinal is at 50%"

The forward spoke in the preview of the Europa League semi-finals against Inter: "We have not come this far by chance. We respect Inter, but we do not give up our football."


Brazilian Taison, Shakhtar Donetsk striker, assured this Sunday that his team did not arrive "by chance" at the semifinals of the Europa League, in which they will face Inter Milan on Monday.

"The semifinal is at 50%. We have not arrived here by chance," said Taison at a press conference.

Taison recalled that "in just one game" anything is possible and expressed his confidence in playing as well as in the quarterfinals against Basel (4-1) .

"Of course, we respect Inter, but we do not give up our football and we will not stop playing for fun," he said.

He noted that Shakhtar's elimination in the group stage of the Champions League was a great disappointment for the entire squad, but believes that it also served as a spur during lockdown to make up for it in the Europa League.

"These semifinals are very important for both teams. We dream of reaching the final," he said.

As for Inter, he recalled that they finished second in the Italian league after Juventus, they have "a great team" and many of their players are international.

Dodo: "Offensively, Inter is a particularly strong team"

Brazilian Dodo, defender of Shakhtar Donetsk, stressed that his team's rival in the semi-finals of the Europa League, Inter Milan, "is strong, both in defense and in attack ".

"Not only their defense, but their attack can cause us problems. Offensively they are a particularly strong team," he said at a press conference.

Dodo believes that it will be "very important" to stop Inter's transitions from defense to attack, for which he was convinced that his coach, Luis Castro, has chosen the right strategy.

"We will give everything to achieve a good result and go to the final," he pointed out.

The Brazilian stressed that all his teammates want to "make history" with the Ukrainian team and reach the final, something that Shakhtar already achieved in UEFA in 2009, when they won the title.

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