Arrasate: Confident we can win, if…

Jagoba Arrasate believes in Real Sociedad’s capacity against Shakhtar Donetsk, if they remain true to their playing style.

The San Sebastian outfit play host to the Ukrainians this Tuesday evening in their Group A opening fixture in the Champions League.

“We know we're in a group that's difficult but attractive at the same time,” reflected Arrasate in his pre-match conference.

“This game is very important, we're playing at home in what is a short group stage and we want to play a good match.

“And if we play to our level, I am confident we can win. They've got a lot more experience of this competition than us, starting with their Coach, but we're really excited and [play-off opponents] Lyon were also more experienced than us.

“Shakhtar’s experience in Europe stands out. They're used to competing in the Champions League, they have a lot of quality and they're not afraid to play their game.

“On the one hand we have to try to negate their strengths while also playing our game to give ourselves a chance of winning. We've analysed them a lot and we know what we're up against.

“They are team who go out to win games, with a defined style of play and they're not going to change. We'll be trying to impose our own style and it should be an open and attractive game.”

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