Dmytro: We’ll Shakh things up

The Ukrainian Premier League leaders will ensure a place in the
knockout phase with a game to spare if they win in Serbia and Braga
fail to beat Arsenal in Portugal. A draw would also be enough for
the Pitmen if Braga lose to the Gunners. Former Barcelona defender
Chygrynsky believes his team will be highly motivated for the match
and told shakhtar.com: “We are going to Belgrade to settle the
issue of our qualification from the group. “We need to win. If we
claim the victory, then I think our target of going through to the
knockout stage will be reached.” Partizan have lost all four of
their Group H matches so far and already know that they will not be
involved in European competition after Christmas however they
perform in their final two matches. Chygrynsky added: “Naturally,
Partizan want to please their fans, they have nothing to lose. But
we are also seriously preparing for this clash. I think that
Shakhtar’s motivation is more serious. We still have the chance of
qualifying from the group.” Both sides come into the match in rude
health on the domestic front. Shakhtar are 12 points clear of
Dynamo Kiev at the top of the Ukrainian Premier League and have won
their last nine league matches in a row, while Partizan are three
points above Red Star Belgrade at the top of the Super Liga and
have won six matches in succession. Nemanja Tomic and Marko
Scepovic are almost certain to miss out for Partizan after they
were sent to train with the reserves by Partizan boss Aleksandar
Stanojevic. He told the club’s official website: “I removed those
two players from the first team and I already said regarding the
case that the Partizan jersey is above all of us. “As a player, I
was part of the Partizan youth academy and educated in such a
manner. As long as I’m Partizan coach, Partizan will be above all
of us. “Everyone should give his maximum, and even if you play just
a few minutes or none at all, you have to stay positive. “I’m
nothing compared to Partizan, and the same goes for every player.
This decision didn’t come overnight. (Tomic and Scepovic) were
warned several times and this is always going to happen while I’m
Partizan coach and certain players do not respect this sacred
jersey.”