Test of strength: Russia will play against Portugal in the confederations Cup

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The Russian team continues its performance in the home confederations Cup 2017 a meeting with the current Champions of Europe by the Portuguese, that will be a real test of strength for the team of Stanislav Cherchesov.

While a clear advantage of the Russians will be the home stands, this factor also noted striker Fedor Smolov, who said that fans will help the team to achieve the desired result. «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.

Special the upcoming meeting will be for the goalkeeper of Russian national team Igor Akinfeev, who will play their 100th match in the national team Jersey. «I spoke with Igor, — said Deputy Prime Minister and the President of the Russian football Union Vitaly Mutko. He’s a very serious person, a great athlete, a true professional and the captain of the team. He is okay — will not burn out. Hundredth match for the national team is a momentous event of great importance. Here in this game it gets. Wish him and the whole team good luck.»

Statistics of personal meetings in favor of Fernando Santos, but do not forget that of the last three meetings, the Russians won two. Common statistical alignment is that three of the Portuguese victory against two of the Russian team and a draw. Many often recall the 2004 defeat with the score 1:7, but it is unlikely that the failure keeps in mind at least some of the current team.

Not decider

While coach Stanislav Cherchesov said after the match against the new Zealanders early to draw far-reaching conclusions, and even meeting with the team of Portugal will not be decisive.

«(Alexander) Yerokhin was the problem, it is necessary to look at all the sores. We will choose those who are better prepared tactically. Big games ahead, while it is the group stage. It is clear that we are playing in Moscow, two teams that are interesting to the fans. At the big stadiums we played more than once, and additional interest from the fans useful for teams. As for the layouts, these events decide the third match. Now do the math — a thankless job,» said Cherchesov at a press conference.

The Santos have already seen quite clearly — questions about tax problems Cristiano Ronaldo he is pretty fed up. «Tomorrow we have a big match with Russia, all concentrated on the game, including Cristiano Ronaldo. All matches are difficult, but I wholly rely on my players. We faced a team that plays at home, is undergoing a restructuring, with a new coach, and this is a very strong opponent. Expect a tough match, but we were prepared,» said Santos at a press conference.

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