The official website for European football

Goncharenko inspired by BATE's past Italian job

Published: Friday 28 October 2011, 12.06CET
Preparing for a second bite of the cherry against AC Milan in Group H on Tuesday, FC BATE Borisov boss Viktor Goncharenko is keen to draw on Juventus's visit to Minsk in 2008.
Published: Friday 28 October 2011, 12.06CET

Goncharenko inspired by BATE's past Italian job

Preparing for a second bite of the cherry against AC Milan in Group H on Tuesday, FC BATE Borisov boss Viktor Goncharenko is keen to draw on Juventus's visit to Minsk in 2008.

Preparing to face AC Milan for the second time in a fortnight, FC BATE Borisov coach Viktor Goncharenko remains upbeat as his team chase a first win in the UEFA Champions League proper at the tenth time of asking.

That was our second match and I really hoped it would go the same way against Barcelona at the same stage this time, but it didn't
Viktor Goncharenko on BATE's game against Juve in 2008

Goals from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Zlatan Ibrahimović gave the Rossoneri a 2-0 home win against BATE in their last Group H meeting on 19 October. For Goncharenko, though, inspiration can be drawn ahead of Tuesday's Minsk return from BATE's first UEFA Champions League campaign, when they held Juventus 2-2 in September 2008 having led 2-0.

"My best memory from that Champions League season is our home game against Juventus," said Goncharenko, 34. "The atmosphere in the stadium was exciting and it was a lively game. That was our second match and I really hoped it would go the same way against Barcelona at the same stage this time, but it didn't."

That fixture against the holders brought a 5-0 home defeat, yet also provided an important lesson for Brazilian playmaker Renan Bressan and his team-mates. "In the first 15 minutes it was hard," said Bressan. "We had a mental problem. We saw Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernández – people we had seen only on TV before. Suddenly we were playing against them.

"It is only the first ten or 15 minutes that you stare. After that we did not care whether it was Messi or Daniel Alves – we were just doing our best for BATE. You become calmer and start playing your own football." BATE's defensive display at San Siro on matchday three may have been much improved but, with just a point from their opening three fixtures, the rematch is key.

"We need to win," added Bressan. "If we don't try to do our utmost, there is no point going on the pitch at all. Milan are a great club, just like Barcelona, but Barcelona are stronger. The fans are waiting and so is the country. We'll play our best and after 90 minutes we'll see what the outcome is."

Last updated: 27/11/12 5.35CET

Related information

Player profiles
Coach profiles
Member associations
Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=1705839.html#goncharenko+inspired+bates+past+italian

UEFA.com features

Who has won titles in the most European nations?
  • Who has won titles in the most European nations?
  • Penalty shoot-outs: the long and the short of it
  • Story so far: Real Madrid CF
  • Guingamp magic floors Paris
  • Fenerbahçe great Alex calls time on career
  • Gabbiadini inspires high-flying Sampdoria
  • UEFA Champions League round of 16 classics
  • UEFA Europa League stars and strikes
  • Deciding drama: The best of matchday six
  • UEFA Youth League group stage by numbers
1 of 10
 
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.