Sergei Semak: "We are waiting for an interesting game"
The Zenit manager on the upcoming game in Minsk, Dzyuba not being there and the rotation of the goalkeepers.
We do not have a division between our first team and those in rotation. We will play those who are ready. There won't be any chance of not playing our first team.
Tickets for the match have sold very well, possibly because of the opportunity to see Artem Dzyuba. Why has he not come?
The reason is simple, we have a number of players who missed most of pre-season training, so we decided that those players should remain to train to get in optimal condition. Dzyuba played matches this summer and gave a lot. But now he needs not only match practice, but also training.
What do you know about Dinamo Minsk?
They're a good team and I really liked them. While preparing for another opponent we happened to watch some of Dinamo and we liked what we saw, they have a good selection of players. Now they have had some changes, there are many new players at a good level. A rather difficult match awaits us. They have good players in attack and they also defend well, they play close to each other, which makes it difficult for the opposition, they use the flanks well. They are a good team that has set itself a goal. We have them the same goal and we are waiting for an interesting game.
Are you happy to be with us in Minsk? Have you been here before?
I'm pleased, yes. It's nice to travel around the former-Soviet countries. Minsk is not so far from St. Petersburg and it's a beautiful city where we have been warmly received. We are glad that our visit has caused a stir. Once again I'll say that Minsk are a good team, where Sergei Gurchenko has them working perfectly.
Many coaches rotate their goalkeepers in European competition. Do you plan on doing that?
We have three goalkeepers - Lunev, Kerzhakov, and Lodygin, all can play. We have another day to decide and we will tomorrow. But I understanding what you mean.
Who will play instead of Dzyuba?
Let's see, there can be anyone in the team. Those who are here and can play may well be there.
Dinamo Stadium has only just opened and has only had only two matches in it. What are your impressions of the arena?
I have not seen the pitch yet, because we immediately came to the press conference. Now we'll go to the dressing rooms and see everything there. I have no doubt that everything is fine.