Former footballer of the Russian national team Sergei Kiryakov shared his expectations from the match of the third round of the qualifying tournament of the 2022 World Cup with Slovakia.
“This match will be decisive for the Slovaks. They understand very well that in case of defeat, they drop out of the struggle to get out of the group. Playing with a wounded beast is doubly dangerous. Our coaching staff will analyze their game, but the opponents will be motivated. Perhaps this is not the most important match for us. Now the Russian team has a chance to gain a foothold in the top of the group. We can be the first and expect competitors to lose points. We have such a tradition – with a charged opponent, we very often get lost. This is already part of our mentality. When our opponent plays with a knife, we show weakness. I’m afraid that after two victories we can relax, which will play a cruel joke. Dziuba does not need to rest. Despite his age, he can safely play three games a week. If Artyom is in shape and feels that the game is going on, it gives him even more strength, “Kiryakov told the Championship.
The match Slovakia – Russia will be held today, March 30, at the “City Arena Trnava” stadium in Trnava. The beginning is at 21:45 Moscow time.
Earlier, the ex-defender of Lokomotiv named the favorite of the match Slovakia – Russia.