Dynamo kyiv, club in great suffering

It is because, of course, Mircea Lucescu answers the phone. “It has become our home”, tried to smile on Tuesday, stuck on the border between Ukraine and Slovakia for three hours before taking off from Kosice for Rennes. The Dynamo Kyiv coach never stops tinkering with the news of a country facing the Russian attack since 24 February. “Every three days we go from one side to the other. We don’t have a fixed ground to train, to play. We live in hotels, we don’t have our supporters, it’s complicated. “

The results suffered when the Champions League qualifying campaign had been quite positive this summer (qualifiers against Fenerbahçe then Sturm Graz) before stopping against Benfica Lisbon (0-2, 0-3).

“It was difficult to ask the players to focus on all the problems they faced. “

Mircea Lucescu, Dynamo Kyiv coach

Since then, Dynamo, returned to the Europa League, have not taken a point on the European scene, defeated by Larnaca (0-1) and Fenerbahçe (1-2) who have found again in this phase in the wake of a new kyiv-Journey to Chisinau by coach before flying to Istanbul. Even with two defeats at the start of the league, the capital’s club experienced the worst start to the season in its history according to local media. For the Romanian technician the problem is above all “In the head. We managed the preseason badly, it was difficult to ask the players to concentrate on all the problems they had to solve, in particular the return of the children”.

To facilitate its travel to Europe while Ukrainian airspace is closed, the club gravitates around Lviv. On Sunday, Dinamo drove a five-hour drive to Ouzhhorod to face and beat Minaj (1-0), the second consecutive victory of the season, which allows them to climb the rankings a bit (9th, with a match less ).

In terms of staffing, Ukraine’s top club hasn’t even been stripped from the loss of three major players to injury, goalkeeper Georgiy Bouchtchane, Denys Popov and, most importantly, his nugget Mykola Chaparenko, out several months after breaking the league. cruciate ligament. If foreigners under contract were loaned everywhere (except the Polish defender Tomasz Kedziora), Dinamo maintained its national structure, contenting itself with two foreign recruits, the Dutch Justin Lonwijk, who arrived from Viborg (Danish P1), and the Jamaican Kaheem Parris, of FC Koper (Slovenian P1), used sparingly by Lucescu: “They have to adapt, learn to live in these conditions. “ Quick then, because it makes no sense in the Europa League, the 77-year-old coach knows the trip to Brittany “capital. It’s difficult, but you have to play”.

Then, it will be time to return to Ukraine, through a new journey: departure from Rennes on Friday morning for Rzeszow in Poland, then a five-hour bus ride to Lviv before returning to the league against Rukh on Sunday. Rebelote the following week with a return match against Rennes in Krakow before the shock, three days later, against Chakhtior: “There is no time to breathe”Lucescu sighs.

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