Oleksandr Zinchenko admits his Manchester City team-mate Raheem Sterling will be the ‘strongest opponent’ he will face at Euro 2020.
Zinchenko said Sterling was ‘the best winger in the world’ after he scored England’s opener against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night.
As a result, Zinchenko has urged the Ukrainian management team to develop a ‘strategy’ to ‘stop’ Sterling during their quarter-final clash with England on Saturday.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Raheem Sterling of Manchester City will face each other on Saturday
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Zinchenko said Sterling, who has scored three goals in four games for the Three Lions during the tournament, was among those who would threaten Ukraine at Wembley.
He said: ‘Uterus? Who is the strongest opponent you have ever fought? I said that the footballer from Manchester City is. The boy I see every day at training.
“Raheem Sterling is one of the best wingers in the world and at the moment he is in great form. He’s great. He made the difference for England.’
Zinchenko (above) says Sterling will be the strongest opponent he will face at Euro 2020
Zinchenko says Sterling is ‘the best winger in the world’ after he scored England’s opener against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday night (above)
After witnessing Sterling’s winning goals against Croatia and the Czech Republic in the group stage, Zinchenko said Ukraine should focus on stopping the winger from continuing his good form.
He added: ‘We need to pay attention [to Sterling]. We have to somehow stop him because he’s rolling.’
Zinchenko later admitted that there was a difference in caliber between Ukraine’s England side, but insisted he was not ‘afraid’ of facing Gareth Southgate’s men as he plays against them regularly in the Premier League.
The Manchester City midfielder said: ‘The substitute bench might cost three Ukrainian teams!
‘This shouldn’t be too scary for us. This should motivate us. We have to give ourselves the highest aim and aim in this game.
Zinchenko says Ukraine coach developed a lot of ‘strategies’ to ‘stop’ him in the quarter-finals
Zinchenko says ‘England substitute might cost three Ukrainian teams’
“It was very difficult to score against England, they managed very well. They have a very good group of footballers.
“I have watched all the games England have played except Germany. I know quite a lot of these English players personally because I saw them in the Premier League.
“I’m sure the coaching team will get a strategy and we have to be aware of that. I have a feeling that anything is possible in life and we will do what we can to win.’
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko said his team must be ‘strong’ and believe in their ability to overcome the Three Lions.
“We have to believe and be strong. England are a great team, they have a great manager. I watched the first half and they were very strong. We will try something that will give us a positive result.’
Andriy Shevchenko says his team must be ‘strong’ and believe in their ability to beat England
He also highlighted the importance of recovery – given that the last-16 tie against Sweden lasted 120 minutes.
We will try to recover our players physically as well as psychologically because they gave everything.
‘We have so many emotions. The doctors treated Bedesin. We will know more about the state of our health.
“It was a tough game and there were a lot of accidents. The rewards in the end were great and now some have given up, so there have been so many accidents.’