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Wilmar Barrios: "I wouldn't say no to another goal against Spartak"

The Colombian midfielder spoke to us before Sunday's match with Spartak Moscow. 
Wilmar Barrios: "I wouldn't say no to another goal against Spartak"

You scored your first Zenit goal against Spartak, a rare goal for you, will you be looking for another one on Sunday?

I was playing alongside Christian Noboa that game, who covered me and allowed me to attack with the team. Knowing that such an experienced and talented player was behind me, I was able to go forward, like I used to in the old days. In the games I played alongside Noboa I was able to get forward more. My goal against Spartak was special, as I had him as my insurance policy, I was able to get in the box and scored. 

You also scored a beautiful goal against Rostov, showing your dribbling skills. Maybe you should be attacking more?

I think that now I don’t have the confidence to go forward more often. It’s good that I’ve started shooting from distance and I now often have the chance to do this, but I prefer to pass to a teammate who is in a better position to shoot. 

Spartak are not in the fight for the title this season, but now have a new manager, does this make the game tougher for Zenit?

A Clasico is a clasico! Each team will be looking for the win and it does not matter where in the table each team are. I know that it’ll be a difficult match on Sunday, but I want to make our supporters happy and take the three points and maintain our good lead in the championship race. I wouldn't say no to another goal against Spartak. 

The full version of the interview with Wilmar Barrios will appear in the ProZenit matchday programme.