“There can be no excuses for us”: how Cherchesov explained the devastating defeat from Denmark at Euro 2020
At the end of the final, third match of the Euro 2020 group stage, the head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov held an official press conference. As part of the event, he explained the crushing defeat from the Danish team and told what exactly went wrong in the confrontation with Kasper Yulmann’s charges.
“The result we were aiming at did not work out. The game plan we chose was being followed. We had a few good chances that we could have realized, the scenario of the match could be turned, but we didn’t score. And the very first half-moment, which the opponent had, ended with a goal, “explained Cherchesov.
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According to the mentor, during the break, the coaching staff made the necessary changes that could help the Russians turn the tide of the meeting. However, the cards were confused by the second conceded goal. Spartak midfielder Roman Zobnin extremely imprudently played the pass back, which led to an accurate shot by Yussuf Poulsen.
“In the second half we went out to recoup, but made a goal for ourselves. The substitution was ready when the score was 0: 1, but after the second conceded goal we made changes and rebuilt. We won back one goal, naturally, we wanted more. But after a corner kick, the opponent organized a counterattack. We knew very well that they were so quick to act on a collision course. They also ran out quickly with the Austrians. As a result, we conceded two counterattacks and paid with two goals, ”Cherchesov admitted.
During the match with the Danish national team, a number of Russian national team players made individual mistakes. However, Cherchesov did not criticize specific performers, noting that in such cases, the team should remain united.
“I would not like to talk about the players separately. We are a team after all. And if she played unsuccessfully, you have to look in general. I think we could have scored two goals first – unfortunately, we didn’t finish. But in such a tournament you need to realize your chances. The opponent performed strongly individually. Hit from 20 meters – hit the top nine, “- said Cherchesov.
In addition, the mentor once again compared the current convocation of the national team with the fact that it reached the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup. Cherchesov noted a noticeable difference between these teams, but at the same time assured that he did not absolve himself of responsibility for the result.
“The responsibility always lies with the coach. This is an unwritten law. The difference is that there were some players, there were others. There are more experienced, here – less. Those footballers who have appeared are gaining experience. In the future, he will help them get to such tournaments and perform at them, ”said Cherchesov.
Among other things, the mentor was asked which of the current squad will remain in the team and will help her get a ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Stanislav Salamovich did not name specific names, but once again appreciated the importance of the experience gained by athletes.
“It’s hard to say in percentage terms. We need to calmly analyze everything. In such tournaments, the player can be strong, but not be able to organize himself. Big competitions mean that you have to be not just a good footballer, but a strong personality. It is necessary to analyze which of these athletes has the potential to show their best qualities at such championships. To play, I apologize, against teams that are below the level, let you do everything, and here there are two big differences. I repeat once again, the players have gained some experience, now we will see how all this will develop, ”Cherchesov expressed his opinion.
In addition, the mentor admitted what he told the players after the match with Denmark. According to him, he thanked the players for their performance at the continental championship, but made it clear that they will soon face a new challenge.
“He instructed those who have already been to such a tournament to analyze everything. Those who were not – felt it, made conclusions. There were many such players. I will not list surnames – there were seven of them. We not only trained them, but gave them the opportunity to play in the first team. This was no coincidence. We have World Cup qualifiers soon. Croatia in September. We need to create an efficient team, ”said Cherchesov.
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He also shared his opinion on how difficult it was for the Russian national team to play with a minimum number of domestic fans in the stands. As far as we know, many fans were unable to get to Copenhagen due to coronavirus restrictions, however the team still had a small support group at the stadium.
“Firstly, the atmosphere was very good, football. It is clear that they were rooting against us, but it doesn’t make a big difference. It is very pleasant to play at such a stadium, with such an audience. As for our fans, I bow to them. They were sitting right behind me. We had contact, we even talked during the match. I supported them, they supported us. We shouted over. I encouraged them with my hands, ”said Cherchesov.
The head coach of the Russian national team apologized to those fans whom he and his team could not personally thank for their support in Copenhagen.
“The team sends greetings to everyone. It is clear that fair play has been disrupted to some extent today. But the situation with the pandemic is different in all countries. This must be accepted. There are no problems with the Danes in this regard. The situation is as it has developed. I would like to be supported too. But there can be no excuses for us. We did the maximum we could. The game turned out like that, ”concluded Cherchesov.
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