MOSCOW, June 13 (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia will look to impose their style of play on the Russian national team in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off on Thursday, Saudi Arabia head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said on Wednesday.
The World Cup opening game will be held at Moscow's 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium.
"Our style is to try to compete, to fight for every ball. In the first match of the World Cup, we'll try to impose our style of play on the opponent and [we will] try to have a lot of possession," Pizzi said.
The head coach added that Saudi Arabia wanted to perform well in the opening match of such a big tournament.
"We have a great desire to play well in the first match of the World Cup. During my professional career, I have never had a chance to take part in such tournaments and in the opening matches. Our national team has a great desire to play well at this World Cup," Pizzi said.
Russia will host its first-ever FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities across the country. Saudi Arabia and the hosts will also face Egypt and Uruguay in their Group A matches.