the difficult testimony of Roberto de Zerbi, isolated in Kiev

Appointed coach of Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, Roberto de Zerbi probably did not expect to experience Russia’s entry into the war against Ukraine on the spot. Isolated in a hotel in Kiev with the players since the beginning of the bombardments this night, the Italian told the situation of the moment to Sky Sport Italia this Thursday noon. “This morning I woke up to the sound of explosions. We are fine, the situation is tense. We are worried and are trying to have contact with the embassies to understand what to do. The embassy provides us with great support and closeness. We don’t want to be heroes, we are here to do our job, and we play football. But within the team, there are already players who have experienced similar situations. The situation now has changed, we no longer need to be there, the championship is suspended and we are looking for a way to get out.

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Indeed, the Ukrainian championship, which was to resume this weekend after a long winter break, has been suspended until further notice. In a video, the Brazilians of Shakhtar have also asked the government of Jair Bolsonaro to help them get out of Ukraine, fearing for their safety and that of their families. “I am not afraid, my worries are many. I think of my family who is at home and those of my players who are all shaken up, this stuff bothers me. I have to protect them, protect them and I too have a hard time saying what they should do. I am not a politician, my world is that of football. It’s my life. The rest of the time, I’m just a simple citizen.”recognizes De Zerbi in the rest of this interview, before addressing the situation of his players. “There are two groups of players, the first is the Ukrainians who are the real victims. We are going to leave but they stay here and they are directly affected. It touches me. There are guys who are old enough to be my children.

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