Russia boss Cherchesov: We’re gathering information on our opponents
The Russian national team are set to face Egypt in their second group stages match in the World Cup on the 19th of June at the Krestovsky stadium in Saint Petersburg.
Cherchesov spoke to FIFA.com about his team’s preparations, promised great organization from his country and gave tips to fans who intend to visit Russia next summer.
“The most important thing is to come to Russia with an open heart and try to understand our country and the places you’re visiting. As we say in Russia, better to see something once than to hear about it a hundred times,” he said.
The former Spartak Moscow coach revealed before that he traveled to England for a Liverpool match and personally watched Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. He also added that during his trip he watched Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi.
“We’re learning about Saudi Arabia gradually. This team has a new coach, which means overanalysing their matches from last year would be pointless because there may have been a lot of changes,” he said. “We’re observing how they’re playing in warm-up matches.”
Cherchesov praised Uruguay pointing out that they are one of the best teams in South America and that they are always in the World Cup. “Their top stars play for clubs like Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain,” the 54-year-old coach said.
The manager will have a tough task on his hand after two of his starting three center-backs have picked up Anterior Cruciate Ligament ruptures, which makes their World Cup appearances unlikely.
“Unfortunately, two of our starting central defenders, Viktor Vasin and Georgi Dzhikiya, have been ruled out for long spells through injury. At the same time, we’re gathering information on our opponents,” he explained.
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