The halfback of Donetsk’s Shakhtar Henrikh Mkhitaryan was one of the Armenian team’s key players during the Euro-2012 qualifying round. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 23, has played 28 matches with the Armenian National Team and has scored 8 goals. The correspondent of NEWS.am Sport talked to Henrikh before he flew to Austria.
Henrikh, you had a hard season in Shakhtar, how do you consider your shape now?
To be honest, I am not in my best shape currently, however I think that my functional efficiency is satisfactory.
During a press-conference Vardan Minasyan announced that he is planning to introduce a new strategy, in particular 4-1- 1-4. How do you estimate the new strategy?
Such changes are usual for matches and there is nothing unusual in it.
What meaning do the matches against Greece and Kazakhstan have for you?
These games are important for our team in providing practice for the players. The team is already preparing for the qualifying round of the World Cup 2014 and we must conduct the official meetings with optimal preparedness.
Your success in Shakhtar makes to pronounce your name very often – best footballer of the week, best footballer of the month, best player of the match, player of the year and so on. Does that not create any additional stress?
There is no stress. It means, I must continue that way in order to be useful for the team. For me the team’s success is much more important than my own success.
Will you follow the Euro 2012 matches from Ukraine?
I will not be Ukraine as I am leaving for Austria in order to hold trainings with Shakhtar. But if I have an opportunity for sure I will watch the matches.
Henrikh, the most important question about you is whether there are any changes in your private life?
No. I have not met the girl who is the one yet.