Tomáš Suslov: I wish Ukraine to advance to EURO 2023, but I’m fighting for Slovakia

ILINA. On Sunday, Slovakia’s under-21 football representatives completed their first training session in preparation for next year’s European Championship double play-off against Ukraine.

“We face a challenging opponent, on paper he is the favorite, but the performance on the field will decide,” said Jaroslav Kentoš, coach of the “twenty-one”, according to the official website of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ). ).

He had 14 players available for the first game, Dominik Veselovský was absent due to health problems.

Kaprálik and Lavrinčík: We must follow the instructions

MŠK Žilina’s Adrián Kaprálik is one of the mainstays of the Slovakian under-21 national team, confirming his form on Saturday with a goal in the league game against Liptovský Mikuláš.

“I play stable, that helps me, and with this I can also help the team towards our goal – qualifying for the European Championship,” said the 20-year-old striker, who knows the recipe for the Ukrainians:

“He is a tough opponent. We experienced that when we competed against him in the preparation tournament in Turkey. The way to success is by following the coach’s instructions. We should not be afraid of anything.”

“We have to follow all the instructions of the coach. We have the whole week to prepare well,” AS Trenčín midfielder Samuel Lavrinčík agrees with Kaprálik, who also does not expect easy fights:

“The Ukrainians are a demanding opponent. I also watched the Shakhtar match, of which several players have been nominated, in the Champions League. But we will see on the field what the doubles will bring.”

Suslov understands the situation of the Ukrainians

After two years, attacking midfielder Tomáš Suslov returned to the Slovak “twenty-one”.

“For me it is the worst draw that could have been. My father is from Ukraine and I would have allowed them to continue because of the difficult situation the country is in. But I am Slovak and I will do everything I can do to defeat them and advanced to the EG.

The nature of the Ukrainians is victorious. I am convinced that they will give 120 percent of themselves on the pitch. We will have to match them and add our football quality to that. We have to prepare well and perform as well as possible. We hope that the end will be happy for us,” said the FC Groninegen player from the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Slovakian under-21 footballers will be the first to play against the Ukrainians in Žilina on Friday, September 23. The rematch is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 in the Polish city of Bielsko-Biala (5:30 pm). The more successful teams will play at the European Championship 2023.

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