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March 31, 2023

Soccer: Lucescu wins fourth title with Shakhtar

Shakhtar Donetsk, the team coached by Romania’s Mircea Lucescu, defeated Dinamo Kiev in the season’s last but one leg, taking a 6-point lead over its main contender and thus winning the Ukrainian title. After the game Mircea Lucescu thanked his technical staff and club president Rinat Ahmetov and stated that he is already thinking about the next Champions League season. ‘Now we are more experienced. Winning 4 titles in 6 years is very important. It is both difficult and important. New players have come, some key players left, but the team did not become weaker. Now we are probably playing better. We will become like an engine that gives everything it has in each game and wins trophies,’ Lucescu stated, being quoted by the Ukrainian club’s official website. Lucescu stated that Shakhtar deserved to win the derby against Dinamo Kiev because it had more opportunities to score, exhibited higher discipline and chose the best tactic. The Romanian head coach explained that there was no champagne drinking in the locker room after the game and that his love for football pushes him to win trophies. ‘We made no kinds of preparations and we had no champagne in the locker room. We focused only on our victory. My motivation is that I love football. And that will never run out. If that happens I will quit.’

Rinat Ahmetov, president of Shakhtar Donetsk, expressed his delight with the Romanian head coach’s job and stated that he was convinced the team would win the title despite the fact that Shakhtar trailed 2 points behind Dinamo Kiev at the end of the season’s first half. Former head coach of the Romanian national team, Mircea Lucescu won the Europa League with Shakhtar in the 2008/2009 season.

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