Shakhtar Donetsk’s Dmytro Chygrynskiy has explained that Barcelona’s dismantling of the Ukrainian champions in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final was down to an internal breakdown, but the Krotky should in no way be ashamed of their performance at the Camp Nou.
Chygrynskiy, a former Barcelona player himself, was injured and missed out on the 5-1 defeat in Spain but told the Miners that they should ignore the scoreline from the first leg when they return to face the Catalans at the Donbass Arena next Tuesday.
“I would not say we played badly. In the year that I spent with Barcelona, as well as in the matches this season, I can’t remember a team at the Camp Nou that created so many things around the Catalans' goal as Shakhtar did. Luiz Adriano alone had three or four chances to score,” Chygrynskiy told Sport-Express.
“Maybe repeated failures caused our players to break down mentally. At the Donbass Arena we need to ignore the result of the first match and try to finish on a postivie note,” the defender was quoted as saying.
This weekend Barcelona will host Almeria in La Liga, while Shakhtar will face Obolon Kiev.