Russia, who will host this summer’s FIFA World Cup, suffered a 1-0 defeat to Austria in a friendly on Wednesday. They have since returned to Russia and are continuing their World Cup preparations in Novogorsk, just outside Moscow.

“The foundation was laid in the training camp in Austria, as there was a lot of pressure [on us]. We lacked freshness in the match against Austria. Now the training process has changed slightly... We have eased off, and we will look fresher,” Kutepov told journalists.

Kutepov said Turkey, whom Russia are set to face in their final warm-up on June 5, were strong opponents. He added he had watched some matches of Russia’s Group A rivals in order to be familiar with the teams Russia will play during the World Cup.

"As soon as Italy started to relax and thought they were doing well, Saudi Arabia got a grip on the game and started attacking. You cannot relax while playing against any team in our group,” Kutepov said commenting on Italy’s 2-1 won against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The World Cup gets underway on June 14, with the final to be played on July 15. The hosts have been drawn in Group A along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.