In an interview with dir.bg, Ludogorets captain Svetoslav Dyakov has shared his thoughts and feelings ahead of their Europa League round of 32 second leg match away to Inter.
The match is to take place behind closed doors at San Siro as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy and Dyakov admits that the team are not worried but are saddened by the fact there will be no fans to take in the match.
“We have no worries. The hysteria seems to be a bit bigger than it should be. We’re going to play a match. It’s unpleasant for us as the stadium will be empty,” he started.
“We have waited to play in these matches against big teams as more people come to watch it but public health is more important. It is not good for us to play in an empty stadium.”
The reigning Bulgarian champions have it all to do in the second leg having lost the first leg at home 2-0 with Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku getting on the score sheet for Inter.
35-year-old Dyakov, who has been with Ludogorets since 2011, then went on to admit that he and his teammates are well aware that things will be far from easy for them against Antonio Conte’s Nerazzurri.
“We have the right to dream. We know it will be very difficult. We are going into the match with a view to performing well and we look for a positive result. However, we must be realistic, it will be very, very difficult.”
This season Dyakov has made 23 appearances across all competitions, in which he has contributed a single assist.