Oleksandr Zinchenko has claimed he feels fit and raring to go despite a draining and disappointing end to the season with Manchester City.
You can only imagine the effort the City players put into trying to win the biggest game in club football, and with Pep Guardiola as their manager, you’d expect nothing less. And they looked drained after their Champions League defeat to Chelsea, losing 1-0 in Porto after Kai Havertz’s strike.
But Zinchenko and several other City players now have the chance to compete for further silverware in the upcoming European Championships.
He won’t be expected to win the competition with Ukraine, but as one of their best players, he’ll be hoping to perform to a level that makes his country proud. The first step to doing so is being ready to play, and he has insisted that he is in a good physical condition ahead of Ukraine’s first game.
“I feel good, the team has a good atmosphere,” he told the Ukrainian Football Association. “Everything is according to plan, we are preparing for the last control match on the eve of the European Championship.”
Zinchenko only had a few days off prior to joining up with Ukraine, but revealed he’s fit and ready to fire for his country in the next few weeks.
“I feel that I have not lost anything in terms of physical condition,” he added.
“Life does not end in defeat. We will set new goals and try to get closer to them. Psychologically, I also feel good. We have wonderful guys in the team who resuscitated me after this situation.”
Ukraine play Cyprus in their last warm-up game on Sunday, before travelling to Amsterdam to face the Netherlands.