The experiment was held: the national team of Russia on football has closed the year

MOSCOW, 16 Nov R-Sport, Artem Kalinin. The national team of Russia on football, having beaten in Grozny the Romanians completed calendar year. Of the three official matches of the national team failed to win a single one and nine friendly games under two different coaches gave plenty of food for thought.

The national team of Russia on football on Tuesday held their last match in 2016. And may the year of football for the clubs that the teams begins and ends in July-August, totals to sum on the calendar. Year for the current team was divided into the periods before and after the European championship. However, the rhetoric of the assessments of games and players would not really changed compared to the one that was in the summer.

The team began the year in March in friendly matches with the Lithuanians (3:0) and French (2:4), and two months later, just before the European championship in 2016 held two friendlies against the Czech Republic (1:2) and Serbs (1:1). The experts and fans of the coach of the team Leonid Slutsky was initially criticized, but then soon regretted. All the experts in one voice said that the Euro Russians to count especially there is nothing. Here and faded team, and the loss of several key players due to injuries.

The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov and Deputy Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation, the President of the Russian football Union Vitaly Mutko before the friendly match between national teams of Russia and Romania

The Euro as a whole after losing the match against England, who saved at the last minute Vasily Berezutsky, the team predictably lost two Slovaks and Welsh, and Slutsky resigned, which the media was waiting for, it seems, from the very start of the tournament. The new coach was supposed to be a man to whom stood a very large and important task is to prepare the team for the world Cup.

Or rather, not even training, and building a new team. As it was mentioned by Vitaly Mutko:

“It was necessary this year to begin the upgrade team. Now I think, perhaps, before I had to take some steps in this direction. But we have a new coach, ended in the European cycle, and the problem was such. Yes, not everything turned out…”

It turned out really, not all. First, Cherchesov refused to call some invites to the team Slutsk players. Secondly, he lost a lot of players (Dzagoev, Smolov, Dzyuba, and others) due to injuries. Thirdly, he had already agreed to play friendlies against the Turks (0:0) and Ghanaians (1:0). And fourthly, the new head coach of the team took it on the backdrop of a strong negative attitude of the fans. In fact, faced the challenge of the game and all that surrounds the team, return team, her fans, her audience.

For the first home match of the national team after the European championship came less than 20 thousand spectators. Of course, the team of Ghana is not the rival to collect the full house, but even containing less than 30 thousand of the capital’s Lokomotiv main team of the country to collect should always. And then there’s the predecessor Cherchesov Slutsky on the eve of the game called Russia a non-football country… have a Job coach was no end.

The next friendly match was on the opening of the new stadium of FC Krasnodar and collected, of course, almost full arena. Costa Rica- the only questionable opponent for those last eight years watched domestic football out of the window, and knowledge about the teams ‘ strength derives from the filings of sports Newspapers in the 90s. Tikos played brightly, giving play to the Russians. As a result 3:4, which, I think, brought Cherchesova be much more useful than the 1:0 for Ghana. It seemed that everything is on the rise.

Only it seemed. The following matches, with Qatar (1:2) and Romania (1:0) have demonstrated that in the game the team adds not much, and the problem will not go away. Moreover, these rivals, according to Mutko, was selected Cherchesov, and that means discounts on already existing agreements can not be. “At top level it is necessary to go with a basic team that could become a prototype that will perform at the 2018 world Cup. Now it’s not there. And we at the request of the coach of such a calendar do,” said Mutko in interview to Agency “R-Sport”.

Fans of the Russian team during the friendly match between national teams of Russia and Romania

Figures 2016 not promise team Russia anything good. The command Slutsky has played seven matches, suffered four defeats and won only one victory. Team Cherchesov played five games, losing twice and winning twice. Of the leaders of European and world football, the Russian team played only with the French (2:4), British (1:1) and Wales (0:3), however, it was all Bordeaux. In 2017 the team, according to Mutko, will spend ten friendly matches, plus the matches of the confederations Cup. In 2018, the same change something it will be too late by the time the team needs to be played solid and the trained machine. This means that Cherchesov it is only a year and 13-15 matches.

The time for running is over. Top watched in almost everyone who could potentially play in the national team for the 2018 world Cup (which, however, does not preclude the emergence of new names), and next year needs to build the team that will delight the viewer at home the world championship. Not the result, so at least the game. Perhaps Cherchesov understood it, inviting charges of anyone who played more or less decently, asking in the opponents team, giving to play and try different options. We believe in this and hope that the experiments will go along with the leap year 2016.

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