Zorya are in action tonight in a monumental second leg Europa League play off tie against Espanyol! They trail 3-1 on aggregate and many have written Viktor Skripnyk’s side off, deeming a two goal swing too much to overcome!
Last week’s result and second half performance in particular were extremely disappointing. After keeping Espanyol at bay and scoring a wonderfully crafted goal in the first half, the Luhansk side collapsed in the second and had Shevchenko in goal to thank for not conceding more.
In the unpredictable world of football, it can certainly be said that the tie isn’t over yet with Barcelona and Liverpool showing us that any scoreline can inspire a comeback. Viktor Skripnyk certainly employs this mentality himself, as he too has remained calm and collected. ‘We still have a full 90 minutes to play.’
And with Zorya’s away goal and a full house expected in Zaporizhya tonight, the boys should have perfect conditions to take Espanyol to the sword! Of course, the defence will need to play markedly better than they did last time out, but improvements were there to be seen v Karpaty on the weekend (granted weaker opposition).
Hromov, Lednev, Kocherhin and the rest of the attack will need to be at their clinical best, with the two goal deficit. Changes are expected from the manager, but where exactly is not clear due to Skripnyk’s unpredictable fashion.
Leave it all on the field tonight!