Tedesco: «We deservedly lost due to lack of big goal-scoring chances»
Tedesco: «We deservedly lost due to lack of big goal-scoring chances»
The Red-Whites Head Coach Domenico Tedesco speaks to the press after Spartak's clash vs Zenit this evening.

— Tonight we lost because of the performance in the first half; we lacked courage. We used long passes too often. We weren’t good in terms of pressure and we also lost so many balls. A conceded goal was a key episode of the game.

As for the second half, we played with greater passion, especially since we were one man up. Spartak controlled the ball a lot, we dominated the game. We didn’t create lots of goal-scoring chances, though, because we crossed so many balls. Zenit’s defence is used to that kind of play – we knew about that. As a result, we deservedly lost the game. Zenit is pushing for the knockout stages of the Champions League – and tonight we all witnessed, why it’s the case for them.

— How’d you rate Kutepov’s performance today? Why you took him off at the half-time?

— Kutepov is a Russian International; he had a decent World Cup for them. He’s a great footballer, a smart lad who knows several languages. Ilya has a good technique: he’s powerful, he’s strong with his headers. If Kutepov lost some challenges against Dzyuba tonight, then he is not the only one who lost challenges against Dzyuba. We subbed him off because he’s already been booked.

— Melgarejo came on for Kutepov. His tandem with Ayrton looked unexpectedly.

— We just didn’t want to make a double substitute. That would have been pretty risky.
Date: 1 December 2019, 21:35
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