MOSCOW, 22 sen — R-Sport, Artem Kalinin. The current holder of the Cup of Russia St. Petersburg Zenit in the match of 1/16 finals of the new drawing against the “Tambov” try to break the trend in which the clubs of the Russian football Premier League are eliminated from the tournament, losing to teams from lower leagues. Also on Thursday, Kazan “the ruby” on departure will play with “Chita” and Samara “Wings of Soviets” will go on a visit to Yaroslavl “Shinnik”.
Last Wednesday 13 matches clearly showed that the majority of Premier League clubs made a bid for the championship (some also in the European cups) and the Cup of the country whether due to heavy flight, whether due to its usefulness slightly pushed into the background. On the 1/16 finals of the tournament, dropped the Moscow “Spartak” and CSKA, “Rostov”, “Tom” and “Arsenal”. The clear favorites of the Cup at the moment, see Moscow Dynamo and Zenit.
Zenit set up in combat
Zenit went to Tambov to the match with the same club the main squad, but unlike “Spartak” did it advance the day on Wednesday. Did not fly with the team only Axel Witsel, who got injured in the match with “ruby”. The middle of the Football national League (FNL), of course, not the opponent “Zenit”, however, as practice shows, in native walls “small” teams are very often able not only to fight the favorite, but knock him out of the tournament. Moreover, the “Tambov” victory over “Zenith” and the output to the next stage of the Cup will do not too successful performance in the championship of Germany. And to head coach Andrey Talalaev who has replaced on this post of the retired Valery Yesipov, the match with Spartak will be a very serious test.
Talalaeva counterpart Mircea Lucescu also cannot afford to relax. First, it only builds the team, and in the blue-white-blue the car is not all the mechanisms are still running the way he wants. Second, the departure from the tournament at an early stage many of the leaders of Russian football opens the “Zenith” is almost a direct path to the title. So, to fail in such a situation it is doubly insulting. Therefore the spirit of both teams the game should be combat, the match will not easy for any of the parties.
The Cup outlet for “ruby”
Kazan “ruby” in Chita will play with the local club of the same name. The match for Kazan and their coach Javi Gracia will probably be the moment of truth. “Rubin” started poorly in the championship, defying the summer transfer spending and the hopes of the fans and the club. The departure from the Cup of the country at an early stage just will not go in plus the team and the coach, the resignation of which they say is already very active. Every match for Gracia and his new team now as the last, and the Cup with the possibility of immediate termination of the struggle in the tournament.
The captain of “Rubin” Sergey Ryzhikov after defeat from “Zenith” (1:4) in the championship of Russia stated that in a Cup match against “Chita” team will try to rehabilitate after the failure in the Premier League and try to “cure disease” that affected the citizens of Kazan. “Our task is to find the disease and cure it. I think we do. The Cup is one of the options to make up for the game (against Zenit),” said the goalkeeper official website of “ruby”. And if resources of “Rubin” is not enough to deal with the leader of a zone “the East” championship of Professional football League, then the disease should be treated Kazantsev dramatic ways.
Samara “Wings of Soviets” in Yaroslavl will play with local “Shinnik”. In this match the situation is absolutely different: the citizens are the leaders of the FNL, and samarians trying to get out of the basement of the standings of the Premier League. For “Shinnik” participation in the Cup of the country — a chance to show that the team is ready for promotion. “Wings” also have the opportunity to be rehabilitated for unsuccessful start of the season. However, most likely, for the franc Vercauteren much more important than the upcoming Monday match with “amkarom” in the championship of the country, and therefore it is unlikely that we will see in Yaroslavl the basic structure “Wings of the Soviets”.
The Cup Of Russia. 1/16 finals
“Tambov — Zenit (Saint-Petersburg)
“Chita” — “Rubin” (Kazan)
“Shinnik” (Yaroslavl) — “Wings Of Soviets” (Samara)
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