“Spartak” was the first of the domestic top clubs to return to their homeland and held a training session at the base in Tarasovka in a 14-degree frost. Zenit defeated the national teams of Jordan and Uzbekistan at the training camp in the UAE. CSKA, according to media reports, is close to signing contracts with Emil Bohinen and Solomon Rondon, while Lokomotiv scored four unanswered goals against Krasnodar in Marbella. RT tells how the leading Russian clubs spend the offseason.
Zenit wins over Asian teams
The current champion of the country “Zenith” is completing preparations for the resumption of the season. On February 9 and 12, the team at the training camp in the UAE held two test matches with the Asian national teams. In the first of them, the Petersburgers beat Jordan with a minimal score thanks to the beautiful goal of Artem Dziuba. He also became the debut of the year for the striker who had recovered from the coronavirus.
“He is slowly gaining shape: in the first game he played a little, today – more, ahead – the third match, after which we will watch. Of course, we still need to work – while the state is not optimal, “- quotes the head coach of Zenit Sergei Semak Sports.ru.
The only fly in the ointment for the Petersburgers was Malcolm’s injury. The Brazilian felt pain in his knee at the very beginning of the second half and had to ask for a replacement. Semak in hot pursuit found it difficult to establish the severity of the injury, and the player’s agent assured the next day that his client had escaped injury. Nevertheless, according to Sport-Express, the midfielder will miss three weeks and, among other things, will not play against Rostov on February 27 in the RPL round 20.
In the second test match, which was held behind closed doors, Zenit defeated Uzbekistan – 4: 0. Initially, the reigning champions were supposed to hold two meetings that day, but the game against Pyunik was canceled.
As for the transfer campaign of the club, the Petersburgers are still only losing their players. On Thursday, it became known about the transfer of the third goalkeeper of the team Alexander Vasyutin to the Swedish “Djurgarden” on a one-year loan. Last year, the Scandinavian team finished the national championship in fourth place. This is not the first legionnaire experience for the domestic goalkeeper. Previously, he played for the Finnish Lahti and the Norwegian Sarpsborg 08.
According to the Argentine media, Sebastian Driussi is also close to leaving Zenit. The Argentinean’s contract with the club is valid until the end of June 2022, but he did not hide his desire to return to Argentina. It is reported that the football player intends to rent his native River Plate for a year. Zenit is allegedly ready to release the striker even for a year and a half, but after signing a new agreement. Even the head coach of the “millionaires” Marcelo Gallardo confirmed the fact of the negotiations. According to the specialist, he has been in contact with Driussi for a month. In turn, Semak stressed that Zenit had not received any proposals for Sebastian.
At the protracted training camp in the UAE, Zenit players try to organize their own leisure whenever possible and take their free time with interesting activities. For example, Dziuba went to the Dubai Zoo. There he managed to feed the lioness, as well as tease the monkey. In response, the animal threw sand at the attacker, while everyone present was laughing.
Forced two-sided CSKA
Meanwhile, CSKA continues to work on strengthening the team. In the near future, the composition of the army team, supposedly, may be replenished by the ex-striker of “Rubin” and “Zenith” Solomon Rondon and the midfielder of the Norwegian “Stabek” Emil Bohinen. The capital’s club’s interest in the Venezuelan forward RT has already been written about. As for the young midfielder, by the age of 21 he managed to play 67 matches in the Norwegian championship, in which he scored nine goals. He also has ten meetings for the national youth team.
According to the latest information, CSKA will decide on the transfers of Bohinen and Rondon until February 16. Earlier, the Italian journalist Nikolo Skira reported that the transfer of the Norwegian had already been made, and the Russian club paid € 1.5 million for his transfer. According to the Championship, both players will undergo a medical examination in the near future.
The army team has time to get rid of unnecessary players. For example, Takuma Nishimura returned to Japan’s Vegalta Sendai for € 473,000 (according to Transfermarkt). In the summer of 2018, the red-blues paid € 1 million for the striker of the same club. The transfer can hardly be called successful, because the striker played only 23 matches for the Muscovites in all tournaments in which he scored four goals.
Yaka Biyol, who is on loan, can also leave CSKA. According to media reports, the German Hannover is ready to buy the rights to the Slovenian for € 400 thousand, while the six-time Russian champion intends to receive € 5 million.
Meanwhile, at the training camp in Campoamor, Viktor Goncharenko’s wards experienced problems finding opponents in test matches. On Wednesday and Thursday, the army team was supposed to meet with the teams from the lower Spanish divisions, but these games did not take place. The red and blue had to make do with a double-sided one, which brought an unexpected result. The Red-Blues, close to the main team, lost to the Whites – 2: 3. The victory was brought to them by Fedor Chalov, who made a double. And the young goalkeeper Vladislav Torop deflected a penalty from Nikola Vlasic.
And on Friday, tragedy struck the club. At the age of 68, the team’s masseur Mikhail Nasibov died. He worked at CSKA since 2004.
“Uncle Misha was not just a massage therapist for us: a sense of humor, an endless number of stories from his long career and a signature smile have become an integral part of the team’s atmosphere over the past 16 years,” says the official website of the red and blue.
Preparation of “Spartak” and “Dynamo” for the derby
Spartak became the first domestic top club to return to Russia. The third training camp, by the decision of the head coach Domenico Tedesco, will be held in Tarasovka. The first session took place on Friday at -14 ° C. In such conditions, the red and whites will have to prepare for the 1/8 final of the Cup of the country with Dynamo, which will take place on May 20.
Before leaving the UAE, the Moscow team held two control meetings. First, he won a strong-willed victory over Shakhtar Salihorsk (2: 1) thanks to goals from Ayrton and Alexander Sobolev, and then defeated Riga – 4: 0. Scored goals were scored by Roman Zobnin, Jordan Larsson, as well as Ezequiel Ponce and Victor Moses, who converted penalties.
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But Sobolev received a knee injury and left the field already in the 20th minute. Fortunately for Spartak fans, the injury was not too serious, although at the first training session in Tarasovka, the striker had to work individually. He will probably be able to play with Dynamo.
In turn, Quincy Promes is unlikely to take part in this meeting. Back in January, it seemed that the return of the midfielder to Spartak was almost a done deal, but so far he remains an Ajax footballer. However, in Amsterdam they do not hide that they no longer count on the player. Last week he was not included in the application for the Netherlands Cup match against PSV, and the team’s coach Eric ten Hag directly explained this by the ward’s desire to move to Spartak.
Dynamo, unlike the red and white, is in no hurry to return to their homeland and continues to prepare for the resumption of the season in Turkey. The second training camp in Belek ended with a control match with Rubin – 3: 2. The main heroes of the confrontation were the judges, who appointed three penalties and at the very beginning of the second half removed the Muscovites’ defender Zaurbek Pliev. True, his place on the field, by agreement between the rivals, was immediately taken by another player.
At the end of the first half, Sandro Schwartz’s charges were leading 2: 0, but they allowed Djordje Despotovic to score twice. The victory of “Dynamo” was brought by Nikolay Komlichenko’s goal in the 93rd minute. Thus, the blue-white won the fifth Victoria in seven control meetings of the year with one draw and one defeat.
After that, the team flew to Moscow for a short time, in order to return back to Belek on February 10, where they will stay until the 18th. In Turkey, the capital’s team will play two games – with Sochi and Ordbasy from Kazakhstan.
Two defeats from Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv, which is based in Marbella, holds even more successful test matches. In seven meetings, the railroad workers won six victories and one draw. On February 5, Marko Nikolic’s charges for the second time this year beat Östersund (4: 0) thanks to a double by François Camano and goals from Rifat Zhemaletdinov and Eder.
And on Thursday, the reigning vice-champion of Russia again met with Krasnodar, which already on the 18th will play with Dynamo Zagreb in the Europa League. The first opposition of the Champions League participants in Marbella ended in a draw – 1: 1. But in the second, Loko defeated the opponent – 4: 0, scoring all four goals before the break. Vladislav Ignatiev managed to score a double, while Zhemaletdinov and Vitaly Lisakovich scored a goal. On this score, it might seem that Murad Musaev, on the eve of the battle in European competitions, decided to save the leaders, but he released the strongest squad on the field.
As for the work of the Moscow club in the transfer market, it, as in the case of other domestic giants, is not very active. The railroad workers sold midfielder Roman Tugarev to Rostov for € 168,000 and leased talented playmaker Ilya Berkovsky to Nizhny Novgorod, who was only acquired from Torpedo at the end of last year. And in the summer, according to the “Championship”, the red-greens can part with the main central defender Murilo if there are worthy offers.
Suleimanov’s fourth goal at the training camp
In turn, Krasnodar closed the winter training camp program with two matches with Lokomotiv: Russian and Georgian. Moreover, the second began just half an hour after the end of the first.
The protagonist of the confrontation was Magomed Shapi Suleimanov, rapidly gaining shape. One half was enough for him to give an assist to Maxim Kutovoy, and then distinguish himself on his own. As a result, the reserve squad of the southerners won a difficult victory – 3: 2. And Suleimanov scored four goals and two assists in seven matches in the UAE and Spain.
Another team from the south of Russia, Rostov, also played with the Georgian Lokomotiv and won 4: 1. In the first half, the rivals exchanged goals, but in the second half of the meeting Valery Karpin’s wards scored three unanswered goals. Dmitry Poloz scored a double, and Mathias Normann converted a penalty.
However, on Thursday, the yellow-blues were already marked with a minus sign – they were unable to beat the Atletico Sanluqueno team, representing the third-strongest Spanish division.
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