«We did all the work we came here to do - that's the most important thing.» - Oleg Kononov
«We did all the work we came here to do - that's the most important thing.» - Oleg Kononov

Our head coach gave his thoughts on the friendly against Mura and on the third pre-season overall.

— The tour was a successful one, in that we did all the work we came here to do. The players gave their all, worked as hard as they should at this point.

With regards to the friendlies, it was hard to play, but that’s what you get with as hard a tour as we had. Plus today our opponents wanted to prove themselves, they played a counter-attacking game. Although they didn’t create a lot, we were equal to most of their efforts.

Of course we have something to work on. We have the fourth pre-season tour ahead of us. There is a pattern to our game, but the official games will tell us more. It’s not reasonable to assess our level right now. We can have this talk again once the team is fresh and easy on the eye.

— You have tried two different formations. Which one do you prefer?

— It’s not important. It will depend on the opponent, on our fitness. The formation is not important, how we play out game is.

— There were moments when players were passionate about one another’s mistakes. Dzhikia, for example, screamed at the forwards.

— Football is a man’s game, being passionate about it is normal. Dzhikia helped out the players so that they would move into free spaces, be open to passes. Some players need to have control over proceedings, that includes central defenders.

— Do you think Pedro Rocha is progressing?

— I can only repeat what I said before: Pedro wants to prove himself at Spartak and he works hard. Something comes off for him, something doesn’t. Let’s wait till the season is underway.

Date: 12 february 2019, 18:00
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