the former Milan hitman

Ukrainian powerhouse Dynamo Kiev started this year’s Champions League campaign with a 3-1 home victory against Rubin Kazan. The guests took the lead before the break, but Dynamo fought back to record a win, much to the satisfaction of veteran forward Andriy Shevchenko .
“I enjoy playing for the team a lot, so Dynamo’s result is all that matters for me. If I score, then it is good, but if I do not, I do not care as long as my team is OK. I am very happy we won,” said Shevchenko after his side’s victory.

“To tell you the truth, I was a bit nervous because the last time I played for Dynamo in the Champions League was ten years ago. It was very important for us to win our first match at home, because we have a very tough group. We need to get maximum points at home if we want to make it to the first knockout round.

“Rubin defended with skill and scored, so we struggled in the first half. After the break we changed our game. We started to move more and began to tackle them in the middle of the pitch and that created more chances to attack down the wings. That, together with our skill and big desire, allowed us to win,” added the former Milan hitman.

“We made it tighter for them in the middle of the pitch and prevented Rubin from switching play from defence to attack. Both defenders and midfielders got closer to their men and that allowed us to counterattack.

“We improved a great deal after the break, Rubin played to keep their advantage and could not change how the game went when we gained the momentum. After we scored two goals in quick succession it was very difficult for them to change anything. We deserved our victory.”

Andriy Shevchenko is being offered a chance to revive his playing career by moving back to his old club Dynamo Kiev.

‘For a footballer like him, the doors of Dynamo are always open,’ said club president Igor Surkis.

‘If Andriy wants to continue playing top level football we’ll give him this opportunity.’

The 32 year-old has expressed a desire to remain at AC Milan but with only two goals this season in official games, and none in Serie A, it is unclear if the Italian club will want to keep its one-time hero.

Surkis fears that Shevchenko’s wife, American model Kristen Pazik, would veto a move to Ukraine, just as she was the moving force behind his switch to Chelsea three years ago, seen by many as a disaster for a striker who was seen as the best in Europe at the time he moved to Stamford Bridge but whose career has gone downhill ever since.

‘It’s very important too that his own desire coincides with that of his family. His wife may be not so keen on moving to Ukraine,’ said Surkis.

Shevchenko has voiced his frustration at not knowing his next destination. One rumour suggests Chelsea might waive a transfer fee for the Ukrainian.

Recently the player said testily: ‘If you want to know about my future you better ask Roman Abramovich about it.’


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