MOSCOW, June 6 (Sputnik) - Former SKA-Khabarovsk and Rubin Kazan head coach Rinat Bilyaletdinov told Sputnik Wednesday that Russia's poor results in the recent friendlies against Austria and Turkey were no reason for panic.
FIFA World Cup hosts Russia were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey at Moscow's CSKA Arena on Tuesday in their final friendly ahead of the tournament. The draw extended Russia's winless streak to seven games as they were beaten by Austria 1-0 on May 30.
"There's no need to draw far-reaching conclusions about the friendly matches and no need to panic. The level of tension and adrenaline in these games is not the same [as at the tournament]. The team is still under pressure as [the coaches] preferred the training level over freshness," Bilyaletdinov said.
He added that if Russia strike first in matches against Saudi Arabia and Egypt they will reach the knockout stage at the World Cup.
Russia's first FIFA World Cup will be held in 11 cities across the country from June 14 to July 15. The hosts will play Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.