FC Rubin head coach Kurban Berdyev tells about the team preparation ahead of ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Championship MD 18 against CSKA and shares his expectations.
- Mr. Berdyev, how does the team feel ahead of the game with CSKA? Now Cesar Navas is back and it´s obviously a positive factor for the squad.
- Yes, it´s a positive factor, it´s good news but we should understand that Cesar had not been playing for almost a month having individual trainings only. Ahead of the match we will assess how fit he is.
-CSKA played in the Champions League as recently as yesterday. Is this fact going to give an advantage to Rubin?
-I´ve already answered this question. You see the training concepts are being prepared by coaches. Sometimes it´s not that bad to have such a tough schedule. We recall our Rostov experience where it was even easier to plan the training cycle like this.
-Are there any injured players?
- Unfortunately, Kuzmin has not recovered yet, as for the rest they are fit.
-Will the return of Pylyavsky be helpful?
-We have not been thinking about his return so far. He´s not going to return until the end of his loan.
-Pontus Wernbloom has been playing a centre forward during the recent matches. How do you prepare for this?
-Frankly speaking, it’s been a revelation to me. He’s been playing there and he’s been really good. He has just used his strengths. It’s a different position to him, but he just avoids doing those things which he is not capable of. Many strikers could learn a lot from him.
-Recalling the first half of the season, Rubin won against CSKA not least because of good luck, good conversion rate and brilliant performance from Jonathas. Currently, the team is struggling to score goals as well as is having problems with possession play. What do you count on ahead of the match: attacks or counterattacks?
-We’ve been training and working on both of these aspects. I’ve already mentioned, that the boys are having a clear idea of how they should attack. It’s a question of time, but we are working on it.
Москва, РЖД Арена