Before the start of EURO 2020, Ukraine midfielder Viktor Tsygankov spoke about his national team’s strengths, revealing their organisation is one of the keys to their game.
The Eastern European outfit reached the last 16 of the tournament by finishing third in Group C, winning their first game against North Macedonia before losing to the Netherlands and Austria. They squeezed through as the fourth best third placed team, courtesy of their superior goal difference to both Finland and Slovakia.
The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk have impressed during EURO 2020 so far, while Tsygankov has made substitute appearances against North Macedonia and Austria.
Speaking before the tournament kicked off, the 23-year-old told UEFA: “In the squad, it’s important to understand your role on the pitch. Every player must know what position to be in and when; he needs to see his position tactically, and the coaching staff explain what to do at every moment.
“Then, everyone understands everything, we play well-coordinated football and look like one unit.”
He also spoke of Ukraine’s ambitions for the tournament, adding: “I’ll repeat: we don’t just want to participate. Of course, the main goal is to win the tournament. Whether we can make it, we will see game by game.
“First of all, obviously, for Ukraine, it’s important to make it through the group stage. And I hope that we will be lucky with the draw. Then, if we play well, perhaps we can achieve something big. At least the whole team and I believe in that.”