Emanuel Mammana: “I need to work hard to get a place in the starting lineup”
The Zenit and Argentina defender shared his thoughts on the upcoming Gazprom Training Camp and the upcoming game with Fenerbahce.
It was perfect! I had a great holiday, relaxed with my family. We spent the whole time in Argentina.
How do you feel after your injury? Are you back to full fitness now?
I was lucky, I've been able to fully recover from that serious injury. Now we are starting pre-season preparation and I plan to work hard to get a place in the starting lineup, I want to show my best abilities in the second half of the season.
Our first opponents in the UEFA Europa League is Fenerbahçe. What do you know about this team?
It's not the first time I've played against a Turkish team, when I was at Lyon I played against Besiktas in a tough match. Fenerbahce will also be difficult, because they have some good players. It is important for us to prepare well and work hard to win this game.
Fenerbahce are not doing very well in their league. Is that a plus?
No. In general, we must first think about our game. The fact that they are not at the top of their league does not mean anything. They are playing in the Europa League and they deserve it. We must seriously prepare and understand them as opponents and we are planning to do this in the near future.