Roberto Mancini: "Both teams will battle for first place in the group"
The Zenit boss on tomorrow's match with Real Sociedad, transfer rumours and Lunev and Dzyuba fitness status.
He feels very good when compared to how he was before. I cannot say about his availability to play tomorrow. We'll take a decision after tomorrow's training.
There have been rumours that Zenit are interested in Anton Zabolotny. Is there something in this?
Regarding these rumours, I do not know anything about this so cannot comment. I have watched the player, including those matches when we played Tosno. Not that I saw much of him so I don't have a clear idea of him. I think in general he's a good footballer.
San Sebastian's patron saint is Saint Sebastian. Do you think that Sebastian Driussi will do well tomorrow?
Where I was born also has St. Sebastian as its saint, so everything is possible! Driussi is a very young and talented player. As he is the youngest among our Argentinians, he needs a little more time to adapt. I believe that soon he will show his best football.
Why has Artem Dzyuba not come?
Yesterday during training he was injured. He hurt his neck and could not move it, so he hasn't come with us to Spain.
Will Zenit be happy with a draw? but Zenit are doing very well in the Europa League, what can we expect tomorrow?
Real Sociedad are a very strong team, perhaps the best in this group. They have a huge number of fast and technical players. We played well against Real Sociedad in St. Petersburg when we beat them, but I think both teams will battle for first place in the group. Most likely, the match will be very exciting but I expect that we will win.
Fans of Real Sociedad are not sure what stage our team can get to in this tournament. How do you rate our prospects?
These European tournaments are a very unusual thing, they have a big break when the teams play their last match in December and the next in February when things can already have changed alot. Real Sociedad are one of the best teams in the group stage and in the whole tournament this year.