“Spartak” now has nothing to lose”: Valery Kechinov shared his expectations from the upcoming match “red-white” with “Zenith”

In order to finish first ahead of schedule, the Zenit players need to defeat the “red-whites” and hope for a misfire of “Rostov” in a home meeting with the Voronezh “Torch”. In this case, the team of Sergei Semak will score 64 points and become inaccessible to competitors.

The match in St. Petersburg will be super-principled and combative. The last two matches between Zenit and Spartak in the home arena of St. Petersburg will be remembered by fans for a long time: in the first of them, the Blue-White-Blues defeated the Muscovites (4:0) and won the Super Cup of the country, and in the second, within the framework of the Russian Cup , no goals were scored, but at the very end of the meeting there was a mass brawl, as a result of which the referee sent off six players: Malcolm, Rodrigao and Vilmar Barrios from Zenit, and Alexander Sobolev, Shamar Nicholson, Alexander Selikhov from Spartak.

– It’s always hard to play in St. Petersburg. The last match was super combat. Emotions will run high for everyone. They want the championship, to beat Spartak, but we intend to beat Zenit. There will be a serious battle – it’s 100 percent, – said the forward of the “red-white” Sobolev.

Midfielder “Spartak” Anton Zinkovsky does not hide the fact that the Moscow club would like to disrupt the “Zenith” holiday: “There will be a hard and stubborn struggle – there is no other way in such meetings. Of course, we are talking about a principled game. I think they are well aware of this, as and we. “Zenith” can become the champion ahead of schedule? Well, we want to spoil their holiday. “

The St. Petersburg team will win the “gold” in case of a victory over the “red-white” and a misfire “Rostov” in a meeting with “Torch”

Valery Kechinov, former striker of the national team of Russia and Spartak, six-time national champion, winner of the Russian Cup, shared his thoughts on the upcoming match, as well as the intermediate results of the season as a whole with RG.

What do you think, for the “red-white” is fundamentally not to let the “Zenith” win the “gold” in Sunday’s meeting?

Valery Kechinov: Matches between these teams are always of a principled nature. It doesn’t matter if they are fighting for the championship or not, in what places they are – this is a battle. I look forward to an interesting, spectacular game.

Do the “red-whites” have a chance against such a “Zenith”?

Valery Kechinov: Why not? “Spartacus” now by and large has nothing to lose. Players must come out liberated, uninhibited.

But the Muscovites still claim the second place – isn’t that a serious motivation?

Valery Kechinov: Don’t think. Without European Cup tournaments, silver medals do not play such a big role, especially for Spartak. Championship – yes, it’s completely different, there is no question. But in the current situation, there is almost no difference between the second and third places.

Why “Zenith” which year is clearly stronger than the competition?

Valery Kechinov: Several factors. One of the main ones is the level of legionnaires. Malcolm, Claudinho, Wendel, Barrios – there are no other such foreigners in any Premier League team.

Are Spartak inferior to them in quality?

Valery Kechinov: Well, of course. In Spartak, only one legionnaire performs at a high level – Promes. The rest are not very impressive.

And if “Zenith” will lose the summer of the same Malcolm, the fight for the championship in the Premier League will intensify?

Valery Kechinov: Naturally. You look how Malcolm plays, how many he scores, gives. He is now in amazing shape. Without him, “Zenith” will almost certainly become weaker.


Paris Saint-Germain fans are demanding the departure of team stars Lionel Messi and Neymar. The other day, fans of Parisians held an action in which several hundred people participated. They made their way to the club office, taking banners and smoke bombs with them. Fans are calling for the resignation of PSG management, Messi and Neymar, as well as Italian midfielder Marco Verratti. In addition, fans sang insulting chants against Messi.

A little earlier it became known that PSG decided not to renew the contract with Messi. This was the main consequence of the unauthorized departure of the Argentine to Saudi Arabia. Lionel was suspended from the team for two weeks and fined. Most likely, Messi will no longer play for the Parisians. According to media reports, the 35-year-old wants to return to Barcelona.

Source: Российская газета by rg.ru.

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