Sergei Semak: "It will be difficult to come back in this tie, but not impossible"

The Zenit boss on the defeat in Minsk.
Сергей Семак: «Вернуться в игру сложно, но возможно»
It was very a very difficult and not pleasant first half. In the second half we played better. We had to score, but unfortunately we didn't and they did. Football is interesting because anything can happen as we saw today, but not in our favour. It is a hard result to take. We have a week to prepare for the return match, it will be difficult to come back in this tie, but not impossible.

What happened to Shatov? Will he be able to play in Kazan?

Everything is fine and we'll figure it out. I hope it's nothing serious and everyone will be available for the next match. 

Will your relationship with Gurenko change after such a result? 

It's one thing to have a personal friendship and to play against each other.4-0 is a tough result to take, but as for me, nothing has changed. 

Why did Lodygin play today? Is everything OK with Lunev? 

Everything is alright with Lunev. Today Yura was given a chance. He is an important player for the team, so we gave him time to play and get in good shape. 

What influenced your team choice tonight?

Different factors. First, someone needed more time for their conditioning. We have a squad where all the players are in better or less shape, everyone should be given the opportunity to get game time. Also the transfer window is still open, so you need to understand which positions need to be strengthened. 

Were Driussi and Rigoni replaced at half-time due to your discontent with their performance? Will the return match be affected by being played behind closed doors? 
 
As for the second question, it is sad that we will play without fans. As for the attackers, the game changed in the second half, we understood that our opponent would be defending deep so we made substitutions and moved Kuzyaev wide. Unfortunately, there was not enough teamwork and goals.