Spartak Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Samedov said Wednesday that the Russian national football team wanted to make Russians "feel proud" of their performance at the World Cup.
"We want the [Russian] people to feel proud of their team. Despite the fact that I was 29 years old [during the previous World Cup], I worried a lot... Much depends on the mentality at such big tournaments. Four years on, I can say that I'm better prepared mentally," Samedov told journalists.
Russia will host its first-ever FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15, with the games set to be held in a total of 11 cities.
The host nation will face Saudi Arabia at Moscow's 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday, before taking on Egypt and Uruguay in their other two Group A matches.