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Utkin believes that the Russian national team played with Malta according to the “8-1-1” scheme – RT in Russian

Sports journalist Vasily Utkin commented on the victory of the Russian national team in the match of the first round of the qualifying tournament of the 2022 FIFA World Cup with the national team of Malta.

“I would like to focus on the content of the game, at least on its tactical structure. How to portray him? It was depicted as “4-3-3”. Do you get the impression that the Russian national team played three strikers? Maybe this is because one striker was Daler Kuzyaev, and the other was Alexei Ionov, ”Utkin said in a video on his YouTube channel.

The journalist notes that with the ball the Russian national team was on the field according to the “4-3-3” scheme, but the ball was lost, and this was the whole point of using Kuzyaev and Ionov as wingers.

“They immediately sank deeper, and the result was that very beautiful scheme: two lines of four players each – midfield and defense, above them Alexander Golovin is a free artist, and even higher – Artyom Dzyuba, because to be a free artist, you need to always there was at least one guaranteed forward pass. Let’s call this “8-1-1”. This will also be a perfectly correct image. In the end, the Russian national team spent insignificantly less time without the ball than with the ball, ”he added.

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The meeting took place at the Ta-Kali stadium in the city of the same name in Malta and ended with a score of 3: 1 in favor of the Russian national team.

On March 27, at the Fisht stadium in Sochi, the Russian national team will play with the national team of Slovenia.

Earlier it was reported that the Russian national team returned to Sochi after defeating Malta.

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