Igor Smolnikov: "I am glad that Anyukov can continue playing and wish him all the best"
The Zenit full-back spoke to the press ahead of the away game with Sochi.
From the moment I came to Zenit, he was always my competition. People come and go in football and Anyukov has had a great career. I am glad for him that he can continue playing and wish him all the best.
Will it be an advantage for Zenit that you know so many of the Sochi players?
I do not think so. they are a new team and played well against Spartak, so it will be an interesting match.
You will be facing Nabiullin on Sunday, is that a positive for you that you know him so well?
Yes but in almost every match you know the guy you're playing against. Even when he was at Rubin we knew each other and played against each other many times. There aren't any secrets in football.