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Oleksandr Zinchenko is well aware of the threat his Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling will pose when Ukraine take on England on Saturday night. Sterling has scored three goals for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 so far.
“It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” said Zinchenko after Ukraine beat Sweden (via The Evening Standard). “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams.
“This shouldn’t be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the highest aims, the highest goals, and I am sure that the coaching team will get the strategy for us. I sense myself that everything is possible in this life and we will do everything we can for it.”
In terms of the specific threats England will pose Andriy Shevchenko’s side, Zinchenko looks first to his club teammate Sterling.
“I’ve watched pretty much all the games that England have played, except today [Tuesday, vs Germany] because we were getting ready for our game,” said the 24-year-old.
“The first thing that I noticed is I know quite a lot of those players personally because I see them in the Premier League. Raheem Sterling is one of the best wingers in the world. Right now he is in amazing form.
“He is great, he makes the difference. We obviously need to pay attention to him and we will need to try to somehow stop him because he’s on a roll now. Who is the strongest opponent that I have ever played? I have said several times that it’s the footballers from Manchester City, those that I see every day at training.”