Spartak is in the lead, Zenit and CSKA are catching up: Premier League goes on break

"Спартак" лидирует, "Зенит" и ЦСКА догоняют: РФПЛ уходит на перерыв

. The championship of the Russian football Premier League (RFPL) went into the winter break after Monday were played the last five matches of the 17th round; the sole leader is the Moscow “Spartak”, but for the perpetrators as “red-white” nothing is lost.

Spartak scored in 17 rounds 40 points – 13 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses. St. Petersburg “Zenit” (35 points) is in second place, closes the top three CSKA Moscow (32).

The three leaders

“Red-white” from the start of the championship began to demonstrate a serious attitude and championship ambitions: in addition to the draw outcome of the meeting with Rubin Kazan in the third round “Spartak” has won six victories in the first seven games of the Premier League. It is worth noting that CSKA and Zenit not far behind. The first defeat of the “red-blue” is dated only the ninth tour, and the St. Petersburg club remained unbeaten for 12 meetings.

But in Europe the case of “Spartak” there was a sadder nowhere: the end of the season the team was relegated at the stage of the third qualifying round, losing to Cypriot AEK, then the head coach Dmitry Alenichev was dismissed, and his place was taken by Italian Massimo Carrera. It is the last name of virtually all football fans and attributed the successes of the Muscovites this season.

“Factors of successful performance of “Spartak”, — said the famous coach Valeri nepomniatchi. And one of the main arrival Carrera. He managed to stabilize the structure and build the game so that every player understands what is required of him. And team, on the one hand, it seems simple, and on the other they try to show their best qualities. The players don’t feel pressure, they had courage, and in every match they achieve landslide victories. It must be the work of a coach.”

Judicial scandals

The first offender of “Spartak” became the “Ufa” (0:1). It was after that meeting the eighth round of the Premier League has swept a wave of dissatisfaction with the work of the judges. “If the goalkeeper (Andrey Lunev) times 20 knocks the ball, wasting the moment, he is a yellow card show? The first game (the referee Roman Galimov became involved in the matches of the Premier League), but he judged it as the latter. So judged when I’m done my career,” said the midfielder “red-white” Denis Glushakov.

And then followed the meeting between “Spartakom” and “Zenith”, which ended not only the victory of the team from St. Petersburg (4:2), but judicial scandal that resulted in the withdrawal of the head of Department of refereeing and inspection of Valentina Ivanova. General Director of “Spartacus” Sergei Rodionov said at the time that it was the worst refereeing he had seen, and the referee Sergey Ivanov got behind the match “unsatisfactory”.

Place of Ivanov at the head of the Department took active referee Alexey Nikolaev, later it was replaced by Andrey Budogossky. RFU but even remembered practice invitations to Premier League matches of foreign arbitrators. “Once we applied the practice of inviting foreign referees. Why to it not to return? We are an open country, but we need to learn to train their judges, to restart the system of training of Russian arbitrators”, — said the President of the RFU Vitaly Mutko.

Pit for CSKA

Thus “Spartak” continued to lead, while CSKA, finally returned to home ground on the 3-rd Sandy street, was gradually sinking into the functional hole. Trauma Alan Dzagoev, and then another, and disqualification of Roman Eremenko, and later developed into a two-year suspension from football because of a positive doping test for cocaine, has put head coach Leonid Slutsky in a difficult position. And at the end of September “red-blue” truly “showered” with one win in six games has put under serious doubt the possibility to defend the title.

“Spartak”, typing in the first round of 37 points equalled their club record and won the starting half of the championship.

“The game “Spartaka” inspires optimism, — said the ex-striker and former coach of the Moscow club, first Vice-President of the RFU Nikita Simonyan. — The team finally put the game. With Massimo Carrera team not score a lot, this traditional Italian catenaccio. The Italians are paying great attention to defense. Carrera disciplined players of “Spartak”, was charged with the responsibilities of each of them, and the players clearly perform them”.

At the same time, as noted Mutko, Zenit haven’t said their word. “The championship interesting, I think, there is still the whole fight. We see that we have clear leaders in football. Confirm the class of those teams that play in Europe, and “Spartak” today is in order, he added. It’s good, increases competition and spectator interest. “Zenith”, I think, still his words were not said, the team powerfully equipped,” — said the head of the RFU.

“Tom” on the verge of withdrawal

Not done at the clubs in the Premier League without financial problems. Apart here is the Tomsk “Tom”, published in the Premier League last season. The situation is so dire that even theoretically possible withdrawal of the team from the championship.

“Financing — it matters not a football club, and the question of the President. The money that sponsors us had to give $ 400 million (rubles) last year when we were in Germany we were given, and the new sponsors we have not found, and left without money, while doing the task of getting in the Premier League,” — said General Director of “Tommy” Ruslan Kiselev.

“Players may terminate the contract, to submit to the chamber (dispute resolution), it is their right. Guys have to earn a living, they have families. We can not and will not to influence it. Moreover, we are in a complete misunderstanding of how the team will move on. Theoretically, the club may not finish the season. We have a lot of debt,” — continued the CEO of the club.

By the way, “Tom” has completed the first part of the season in last place (9 points). The Tula Arsenal also won in the 17th round of the Makhachkala “Anji” (1:0) located one line above (12 points). In the zone play-offs are the Yekaterinburg “Ural” (14) and “Orenburg” (12).

Resignations and appointments

As for personnel changes, the greatest “success” here was noted by FC Lokomotiv Moscow in August, the club was once two critical changes. Has left his post as President Olga Smorodskaya, her place was taken by Ilya Herkus. And the head coach came back Yuri Semin. Large dividends in the first round of all this “red-green” has not brought – “the locomotive” goes on break, having 23 points and 10th place in the standings.

"Спартак" лидирует, "Зенит" и ЦСКА догоняют: РФПЛ уходит на перерыв
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The same number of points at the Kazan “Rubin”, the head coach who in the offseason became the Spanish coach Javi Gracia. Separation from the zone of Euro cups have these teams is only five points, so here the whole struggle is still ahead.

Interesting statistics were noted and going the fourth “Terek”. Grozny has scored 21 goals, conceding exactly the same. In terms of conceded goals better than the team of Rashid Rakhimov only “Ural”, “Arsenal” and “Tom”, but it is still outsiders, and “Terek” has been held for 28 points and is a contender for medals.

A good impression of the “Krasnodar” (28 points), as the army opened a new beautiful stadium. If not for the excessive number of draws, and the team of Igor Shalimov, who in the course of the season, changed the coach, Oleg Kononov, seven, the residents could be located closer to the leaders. However, as “Rostov”, pleasing their fans in the Champions League, but in Premier League, reaching only seventh (25 points).