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Chelsea success just the start for Shakhtar

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 0.36CET
Mircea Lucescu said FC Shakhtar Donetsk can improve still further after his side's 2-1 win against European champions Chelsea FC while Roberto Di Matteo looked forward to the return.

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Published: Wednesday 24 October 2012, 0.36CET

Chelsea success just the start for Shakhtar

Mircea Lucescu said FC Shakhtar Donetsk can improve still further after his side's 2-1 win against European champions Chelsea FC while Roberto Di Matteo looked forward to the return.

Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
The match panned out exactly as we would have hoped. Perhaps, it was one of our best games in recent times. It proves we're on the right track, we are still growing, our young players are maturing and gaining the necessary confidence. And I have to say that this Chelsea side are stronger than the one that won the UEFA Champions League last season. That makes our victory is even more important. I believe we could've won by even more, but Petr Čech was really good in goal.

I'm happy with our display. We attacked really well and stopped Chelsea from playing their football. We created plenty of chances but managed to score only twice. It is a very important win, but we haven't achieved anything yet. I'm sure Chelsea will be much better in London. Today they defended a lot, while in England they have a huge advantage over everybody else, avoiding any defeats this season. But I can't say what is better for us: to play against a defensive side or an attacking one. It all depends on what is happening on the pitch.

Roberto Di Matteo, Chelsea manager
They are a very strong team and they showed that again tonight. It's a difficult group we are in and the Champions League is always very competitive. You look at the other result in our group and it shows just how competitive it is.

The early goal helped Shakhtar massively and it unsettled us. We were getting better in the second half but then we got caught. We have to look at this performance as a one-off. The commitment from our players was great. We could have done better as a team but we were alright. We have a good squad and we'll have to utilise it in the next match. We must win our two Champions League home games and I'm confident it will be a different game for Shakhtar. We're strong at home as well.

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