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.”