Viktor Hancharenka: I agree that the result in the Europa League was a failure for us. This is not what we expected
PFC CSKA head coach press conference after the Europa League final group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb.
— Don't you think that Dinamo could have won even more?
— Just as the score could have been better for us. We did not use a lot of chances in our home match, luck was not on our side, just like today not on Dinamo. But the result of the match is fair.
— The game did not work out at all. Why did it happen — the squad was not perfect or just Dinamo was better?
— It is a set of reasons. The version of the line-up that we had is quite young. We took a risk when we left five players at home. But Dinamo can endure their championship game and play with a fresher squad, and we cannot afford that. We play very often, and this is our first experience of playing so many matches in a row.
— Bistrovic scored a goal today. Is it possible that after it he will play more often in the first team?
— He played well. We have high competition in the midfield. There are only two games left in the Russian Championship, and maybe our choice will fall on Kristijan.
— What do you think about Vlasic's progress? Can he play better?
— Nikola has made good steps forward during the seasons he has been in the squad. He has a very high potential. We hope that he will play in top Championships and prove himself. I do not think we will hold Nikola and restrain him in development.
— This Europa League turned out to be a failure as a result. Can you sum it up and analyze the reasons for it?
— I agree that the result in the Europa League was a failure for us. This is not what we expected. But there are many reasons — youth, a lot of games, and illnesses. Maybe we did not have enough strength in such a busy schedule.