“Adverse outcome” of PCR at Mostovoy
The main loss of the Russian national team before the first match at UEFA EURO 2020 was Fedor Kudryashov on Thursday. The defender suffered a muscle injury before the start of the Test match against the Bulgarians, but when the national team arrived in St. Petersburg, he was repairing. On Friday Kudryashov had already entered the field, although he trained according to an individual program.
The place of the rapidly recovering defender in the “Main Loss” appointment was suddenly taken by Andrej Mostovoj. On Friday morning, it was known that the midfielder will have to miss the EURO
Evgeniev examined the entire training ground, Samoshnikov is still injured, so Evgeniev was added. Last night and this morning everyone did tests, everyone else was “clean”
The issue of Mostovoy’s disease was even commented on by Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
“We are not confused about the case of a coronavirus infection in the Russian national team. This has happened on many teams, in different leagues. We’ve gotten used to this over the past year. This is a failure for the Russian national team, but we are taking all precautions and trying to prevent diseases in our country, ”the goalkeeper said.
Witsel and De Bruyne did not arrive
The Belgian national team arrived in St. Petersburg on Friday at noon. The Red Devils did not include two leaders – midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and Axel Witsel. According to the Belgian’s head coach Roberto Martinez, theoretically both had chances to play in the next match, but in the current situation it is better to recover properly after injuries.
The situation with Witsel is completely understandable. He has been with the national team for a long time, the recovery is going well, but he decided not to fly to St. Petersburg to train for two more days. De Bruyne had to go through several stages of medical examination. In the last few days, the results have been good, but he hasn’t trained in a long time. Now it’s more important for us that these two players get extra time to recover.
The remaining Belgian national team players arrived in St. Petersburg and held a training session at Petrovsky a few hours after the Russian team was engaged.
Dziuba wants football, not wrestling
Since 2017, this will be the fourth meeting of the national teams of Russia and Belgium in different tournaments. So far the balance favors the Red Devils – two wins in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 against one draw in a test game ahead of the 2017 FIFA World Cup Confederations Cup.
“They have individually strong players,” Cherchov said. – There are qualities they use: both individual and team. Today and yesterday we have formed tactical exercises and training so as to neutralize their strengths. The three previous matches with the Belgians were instructive for us. This is the beginning of EURO and we must be ready. “
Roberto Martinez also recalled his previous meetings with the Russian national team.
“We know the Russian national team well, they know us well too. We will play in front of a lot of Russian fans. We have to make sure we can play well. I don’t think high expectations (of the tournament) will affect us. Our national team have a group of pretty experienced footballers, this should help us, ”Martinez said
The captain of the Russian national team, Artem Dzyuba, has confessed that he expects more football from the next game, and not just one fight.
I would like to play football, not just fight. We play not only on horseback, but we use various types of attacks. I remember very well which Belgians are unyielding in battle. They are strong and organized. I understand what is required of me and will try to fulfill my plan. Then we’ll see if it works or not. We have experience (about games with the Belgians), we analyzed all these matches.