Rodionov: BATE are eager to win in Bilbao

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Rodionov: BATE are eager to win in Bilbao

BATE forward Vitali Rodionov has shared impressions about his team's performance in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

- I have repeatedly said that every Champions League match is a significant event for us.  Therefore, we are in good mood, despite the previous results. Yes, we were punished for our mistakes but we made the right conclusions. We are flying to Bilbao with thoughts of victory.

- Now some time has passed. What do you think about those 21 goals BATE conceded in four games against Shakhtar and Porto?

- I attribute this primarily to the fact that we have a young team. In the autumn, we had a lot of injuries. As a result, the squad was instable. Another reason is the lack of experience and composure. At the Champions League level, one cannot make those mistakes you may commit in the Belarusian Premier League. We could not switch from domestic matches to those in the Champions League. These factors combined gave such a result.

The match between BATE Borisov and Athletic will take place in Bilbao on 10 December. Only a victory in Spain secures a Europa League place for BATE.