Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Football European

Roberto Martinez concerned about Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium

By Phil Medlicott

Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the poor condition of the pitch at Dynamo Kiev's Olympic Stadium is "a concern" - but he is sure it will be just as problematic for one side as the other in tonight's Europa League last-16 second-leg encounter.

Rather than training on the pitch at their opponents' stadium as they normally would, Martinez's men did a session on the running track surrounding the playing surface - while the turf was covered by a protective sheet - following their arrival in Ukraine on Wednesday.

The Spaniard said: "The pitch is a concern for both teams. Dynamo Kiev are a technical team and they need a good pitch, and we are exactly the same.

"I don't think it will play a big part in terms of giving a favour or advantage to either of the two sides. I think it is a little bit of a shame for the game of football that the pitch is not going to be in perfect condition. But you have to adapt."

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph