I believe in Dynamo Kiev if our players will compete and battle, which they have the ability to do. I’ll say this: Confidence is from within. It’s developed through hard work and demonstrated performance during games. They have showed it in spurts this year, but no one is going to give us anything. We are going to have to earn it and fight for it, which I believe we can do.
With all that we’ve been through this season – from Denys Нarmash being out early in the season, to Andriy Yarmolenko missing two weeks, to inconsistent individual play, to having young guys learn how to play at this level and at this stage, to now Selin being out – why wouldn’t we fight back when we’ve battled so hard all year to put ourselves in a position where we can still do some special things?
Make no mistake about it; we are still in a great position to do whatever we want to do. We can still write our own story.
The only way to do that is to fight back, to fight our way out of this. We can blame whoever we want to – fate, luck, referee whoever – or we can take it upon ourselves to choose our own path and fight our way back. If we don’t fight, we don’t have a shot.
I refuse to believe players don’t have the fight in them to do this.
There has to be a reason why guys are not doing what they are supposed to. I believe in these guys and I believe they can change. I say it to get them to change, to prove to themselves and others that they can do this.
Are we really going to let go of the rope after one loss like that? It is just one game.
This comes back to, you either take the fight to them or they take the fight to you.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
With that quote, I asked the Dynamo players and fans, “How will we be measured? Fight and battle every possession and that will show who we are.”
No life raft is going to be thrown at us. We’ve got to swim back because this is going to be hard. But if we want it, it’s still there for us. Now let’s go get it.