On September 27, in Krakow, Poland, at the Cracovia Arena, in a nominally home match, the national team of Ukraine will play the last round match of the current League of Nations. Wards of Alexander Petrakov will meet with the Scottish team. At stake is a ticket to Group A. If the “blue-yellows” win, then in the next draw of the League of Nations, they will be in the elite division. “Tartan army” in order to rise “floor” above, it is enough to draw.
Immediately after the crushing victory over the Armenian national team, the national team of Ukraine went on a charter flight to Poland. The next day, the team held their first training session in Krakow. Everyone worked, except for Sidorchuk, who, due to “excessive” warnings, will not help his partners in the match against Scotland.
There are no new “patients” in the infirmary of our national team. Rather, the coaching staff had a pleasant headache: who exactly to put in the base, because many footballers who got a chance in Yerevan and used it brilliantly, in fact, are not the base players.
And although after the game with the Armenian national team Petrakov said that he had no division into the conditional first and second squads, nevertheless, it seems that the coach of the “blue-yellows” was a little cunning. Apparently, he deliberately let some of his leaders rest before the most important game against the Scots. Most likely, in the starting protocol of the Ukrainian team for the match against Clark’s team, there will actually be no surprises.
Alexander Petrakov, head coach of the Ukrainian national team:
– I still don’t know what the line-up will be. I’ll think about it. I take risks, I’m not afraid of criticism. Criticism was hard for me at the start of work. We want a rematch, we want to beat Scotland in the next match. We want, how to say it, to “get off our backs” for that match. Will I continue the contract with the Ukrainian national team? This is a question for the President of the UAF. After playing with Scotland, you will know everything.
- All the brightest moments of the match Ukraine – Scotland are available in Live mode in our Telegram
After a confident victory over the national team of Ukraine 3:0, Steve Clark’s wards continued their successful streak. In a difficult duel against the Irish national team, the Tartans won a strong-willed victory 2:1. And they regained the first place in the group (the Ukrainian team, which defeated the Armenians in Yerevan, was located on it for only a few hours).
However, the victory over the countrymen cost the Scots dearly. Due to the bust of mustard plasters, the leading midfielder Maktominai will miss the decisive match against the Ukrainians. Tierney and Hickey received microdamages.
Steve Clark, Scotland Head Coach:
– We know that we need to take a point. We know that we have a difficult exit ahead of us. We know that we have to play very well. If we do that, we will take first place in the group. Then we can talk about rewards. In this campaign of the League of Nations, we have already scored more points than in the previous one. So we keep improving.
The third full-time duel between rivals this year, and the fifth in history. So far, the balance: two wins. For the first time the teams met in the selection for the European Championship-2008. In Kyiv, the hosts won 2:0, and in Glasgow the “tartan army” got revenge 3:1.
On June 1, 2022, the teams met in the play-off semi-finals for qualification to the 2022 World Cup. Then the Ukrainians won 3:1. But in the recent match of the League of Nations, Scotland dominated already – 3:0.
From a mathematical point of view, everything is simple: the rivals are separated by two points, therefore, the guests, in whose favor the difference is, can afford to play second number, while the hosts must definitely look for trouble.
But in reality, everything will be much more complicated. The opponents have already learned each other so well over the last two meetings that it will no longer be possible to surprise with traditionalism for the sake of fulfilling a global task. In order to claim success, opponents need to do something special.
“Feature” refers more to tactics and style of play than to composition. Clark’s recruitment is less variable than Petrakov’s. On the other hand, the Scots are more sophisticated, more accustomed to playing positional power football. Namely, such a formula can ultimately bring them success.
However, if the guests do not take risks, they will play strictly according to the score, they may fall victim to an accidental mistake. Or corny not to withstand the onslaught of the opponent. So Clark will also have to break his head so that his team does not get into a mess.
As for his counterpart, Petrakov is simply obliged to take risks. You can’t take the Scots with your bare hands – you have to move a lot, think, play without the ball. You need to break the opponent on the flanks, get a numerical advantage in the center of the field. Definitely, our team needs to attack a lot, wear down the opponent.
Will it work? Need to make it happen. Individually, our players are at least not weaker than their opponents. And taking into account not only the tournament, but also the general situation (in the country), the motivation of the Ukrainian team should go off scale. Yes, and Petrakov himself, too, because, as far as one can understand, the issue of prolonging his contract with the national team depends on the exit / absence from the elite of the League of Nations.
Considering all the pros and cons, let’s assume that the Ukrainian team wins with a minimum score.
Ukraine: Lunin, Tymchyk, Zabarny, Matvyenko, Mykolenko, Stepanenko, Ignatenko, Malynovsky, Mudryk, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk
Scotland: Gordon, Ralston, Hendry, McKenna, Taylor, Gilmour, McGregor, Armstrong, McGinn, Christie, Adams.
September 27, Tuesday