Smolov hopes that fans will help the players in the match with the Portuguese

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Betemporary in Photobacterium team Russia in preparation for the confederations Cup in 2017Smolov hopes that fans will help the players in the match with the Portuguese© RIA Novosti / Evgeny to Betemporary the image Bank

Russian players know that the match of the confederations Cup against Portugal will be difficult but with the help of the fans, the team hopes to achieve the desired result, said Russia striker Fedor Smolov.

Meeting of Russian national teams and Portugal in the second round of the group stage of the confederations Cup scheduled for Wednesday. After the first round, the Russians are leading in group A with three points for a victory over the new Zealanders (2:0). The Portuguese tied for second-third place with the team of Mexico, with whom they played a draw (2:2).

«Of course, everyone understands that it will be difficult, but would be a full stadium, it will provide us with emotions and forces. And along with the fans, we will be able to achieve the desired result for us,» said Smolov at a press conference.

Answering a question, not a distraction if players transfer rumors and talk about the clubs, the player said: «All of the global discussion, asked to postpone until the end, Roma Shishkin, too, for example. I am aware of, when you can talk on the club theme, and when I need to concentrate. No one, no distractions, everyone is preparing for the games of the confederations Cup».

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