MOSCOW, June 4 (Sputnik) - Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov said on Monday that his team would look “fresher” in Tuesday's friendly match against Turkey than they did during Wednesday's 1-0 defeat by Austria.
“I’m pleased with the training camp [in Austria] as we did all that had been planned. In a 28-man squad, everyone just can’t be healthy and ready [to play] at once. [Konstantin] Rausch, [Alan] Dzagoev [Aleksandr] Erokhin and [Artem] Dzyuba faced problems, but they still did their job… I’m sure that tomorrow [in the match against Turkey] everything will be fresher and better… The team will show their mettle,” Cherchesov said.
Russia have lost all three of their pre-World Cup friendlies in 2018 so far as they also suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil and were beaten 3-1 by France in March.
"It won't be true if I say that this is what we wanted... [But] I’m pleased with the players' attitude. We show results anyway... I’m happy with the footballers who play for the team,” Cherchesov added.
Russia will host its first-ever World Cup from June 14 to July 15, with the hosts set to face Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay in Group A.