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Ukraine must play ‘game of their lives’ to beat England – Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko - Ukraine - Euro 2020
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The Man City man is well aware of the quality of their upcoming opponents, having played with as well as against some of them at club level.

Ukraine need to play the “game of their lives” if they are to get past England at Euro 2020, says Oleksander Zinchenko.

England’s attackers might be struggling to give their very best but their defenders have been performing at the top of their game.

With the likes of Kyle Walker, Luke Shaw, John Stones, and Harry Maguire ensuring there exists a water-tight backline, they have kept a clean sheet in every match in the tournament so far.

Ukraine, on the other hand, have let in at least a goal in each of their four games. History is not on their side either as the Eastern European nation have made it to the last eight of a major tournament only once, which they lost.

Speaking ahead of Sunday night’s decisive fixture, Zinchenko admits it will require a Herculean effort from his side to shoot the Three Lions down.

“I will say that numbers speak for themselves. The fact that England hasn’t conceded any goals yet, they play very well in defence,” said the Manchester City defender, per Independent.

“But I think that there are no perfect teams. Every team has weaknesses.

“With regards Walker and Stones, they played an amazing season and during the last couple of years I’ve been playing with them they play at a very high level.

“It will not be easy. We know it. But at this stage of the tournament, everything is possible and I think that the coaching team will explain to us what to do with it and we will do our best.

“We will try to surprise them but of course we realise that to get through all the players and the whole team, they will need to play probably the best game of their lives.”