Roberto Mancini: "The main part of our work has already been done"
The Zenit manager sums up the Gazprom training camp, the game with Maribor and Lodygin's two penalty saves.
Today was a very good match, we have played against a strong team. The match turned out to really interesting, Maribor are a good side and played in this year's Champions League, it was not an easy game. It cannot be compared to an official match, but nevertheless, this is a good preparation.
Was the Red Star game your favourite?
Yes, I would say that the match against Red Star was the closest to an official, but today's opponent's played also like an official match. Unfortunately, today we played at 12 o'clock in the afternoon, which does not quite correspond to the time of proper matches. But the level of opposition was good.
At the very end Yuri Lodygin did something incredible. Now will you find it more difficult to choose a goalkeeper?
Yes, he did Something incredible, in my opinion it was strange from the referee because to give two penalties in a minute was unusual.
How did you feel about Pletnev performance today?
All the young guys who came to the camp have presented themselves very well, both in matches and in training. Skrobotov, Goylo, Kakkoev and Kaplenko, not only Pletnev did well. I am pleased with everyone.
Now the matches are over will you be focusing on the Celtic game?
I believe that the main part of our work has already been done, now we need to recover, get in the right physical shape. We will now aim our training to prepare for the first official game.