After a hard win in the two-leg encounter, clinched in the penalty shootouts, Dynamo Brest’s head coach Sergey Kovalchuk answered the questions of mass media.
It was a hard game, just as the first leg in Brest. Isloch is a well-organized team: it was tough to break their defense. Although, we created chances. Today we lacked the finishing skills. There were many mistakes due to the pitch quality, as for me. During the Super Cup game, it was wet after rain, so the football was quicker and better, today we fought with ourselves, the ball and the pitch. Nevertheless, we gave much efforts. To win a penalty shoutout you need luck, however I thank my lads for fighting until the end, they wanted to score until the very last minute of extra time. We weren’t that good, so we reached the semifinals only after penalties.
Normally Laptev is a first-team choice. Why has he appeared as a sub today?
That was our decision. We had some plans regarding the game, not all of them have worked off. Anyway, Denis can play effectively even as a sub.
Why was Sadovskiy left out of the squad?
He’ll resume full training tomorrow. He had a knock.