The former Arsenal striker Eduardo has said that Shakhtar Donetsk will not be taking their Champions League group stage opponents Nordsjaelland lightly. The Ukrainian club will be coming up against the Danish club with a real opportunity to progress to the next stage of the competition.
It is one of the toughest competitions in the world, but the good start made by the club in the first few matches mean that they sit top of the table ahead of both Chelsea and Juventus. Irrespective of the result achieved by the two favourites, Shakhtar Donetsk will be able to qualify for the last 16 stage of the Champions League if they win the remaining matches.
The 29-year-old striker Eduardo, who has become one of the key components of the team, has said that they should not underestimate their opponents in this match. He has said that all the matches in the Champions League are extremely tough. While they take on the Danish club, Shakhtar will also be able to learn about the result in the other group match – Juventus vs Chelsea. A draw would be extremely ideal for the Ukrainian team because it would help them open an advantage at the top of the table.
“We watched some of the Nordsjælland games, and they played well in Copenhagen against Chelsea. Although the Blues eventually won 4-0, the Danes put on a very organized display. Chelsea were leading by a narrow margin till the closing stages of the game before scoring the rest of the goals. So we are expecting a difficult match, but we want to advance to the next round, so we need to win. Nordsjælland can possess the ball keep the ball well,” said Eduardo ahead of the match. Shakhtar recently had a win over European champions Chelsea in the group stages.