De Zerbi: ‘Shakhtar were unlucky, Sheriff were lucky’

Roberto De Zerbi had a nightmare debut in the Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk, as FC Sheriff Tiraspol won 2-0. ‘We were unlucky in every respect’.

The former Sassuolo coach, who moved to the Ukrainian giants ahead of the new campaign, saw his men suffer a surprising defeat in the first round of the competition against the team from Moldova.

“In football, defeat can happen,” De Zerbi told the club’s official website. “We were unlucky in every respect, while Sheriff were lucky.

“Unfortunately, it happened, it was our fault. Many of my players didn’t play their best game. We have to work hard and always try to do better.”

Shakhtar Donetsk are thus bottom in Group D of the Champions League, where Inter lost 1-0 to Real Madrid on Wednesday.