From pre-match nerves to post-match rest, a UEFA Champions League matchday is special for any player. FC Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison talks UEFA.com through his routine.
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FC Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison talks UEFA.com through his UEFA Champions League matchday routine.
"It's not easy to cope with the anxiety during a Champions League matchday," said the Brazilian, 25. "You wake up already thinking about it and sometimes you have to wait until ten in the evening to actually play. As the day goes on you feel the anxiety grow but as soon as you get on the pitch everything goes away and your only concern is to play."
Shakhtar begin their 2013/14 UEFA Champions League campaign with a trip to Real Sociedad de Fútbol next Tuesday. They will also face Manchester United FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Group A.
For the full Taison interview, watch the video above.