The £88.5 million January signing for the Blues struggled once more for Ukraine against England at Wembley.
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The 22-year-old lost the chance to challenge English football. Throughout 61 minutes, he managed just one meek shot, lost possession of the ball 12 times, and made one successful dribble.
Kyle Walker was man-marked against Mudryk by Gareth Southgate to deal with the winger’s famed speed, and after handling France superstar Kylian Mbappe at the World Cup well, the full-back easily won his battle.
Mykhaylo Mudryk joining Chelsea for £88.5 million in January from Shakhtar Donetsk, he has had a lackluster debut, but he merits some sympathy. Given that Arsenal also sought Mudryk, neither the price nor the high-profile nature of his signing were Mudryk’s fault.
He has played less than 100 games in his career, earned his 10th cap on Sunday, and arrived in the Premier League after being out for more than two months.
Mudryk did his first UK interview on Saturday in broken English where he revealed he calls his Ukraine-based parents daily. He said: “I ask them what is happening, what the situation is now and how they are. Everything about what the situation is like in our country.”
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After the game, England defender Ben Chilwell hugged his teammate and walked out of the stadium with him. Mudryk, like the rest of his countrymen, has been impacted by Russia’s invasion and deserves time and patience.
Many Ukrainian FA staffs had to travel from Kyiv to Wembley. Some of them took eight days to get to London, while others took 48 hours. Ruslan Rotan’s 25-man squad included 15 players from Ukrainian clubs.
While playing games in the more secure areas of Ukraine, they are also partially exiled in Poland. Since flying is not an option, they endure arduous bus and train rides to and from their club matches.
Rotan also emphasized the lack of match preparation for his team, which last played Scotland in the Nations League in September. The practicalities of getting from point A to point B are exceedingly difficult, he told Standard Sport. We almost always take a while to organize and move to our training camp before the games.
“Unfortunately we have a war on our backs and we can only be grateful to the Ukrainian armed forces who make it possible for us to play games and to participate in competitions.
“Clearly logistics, under those circumstances, are second. The main thing is that we need this war to end.