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Sergei Semak: "We are counting on Lovren for the match against Lokomotiv"

The manager spoke about the upcoming season opener with Lokomotiv, the transfer of Dejan Lovren and Kerzhakov and Zhirkov agreeing new contracts. 
Sergei Semak: "We are counting on Lovren for the match against Lokomotiv"

The team have returned from their shirt holidays and the players have passed their medicals, can you tell how the players are physically?

The first group of players passed their medicals yesterday. The second group is being checked today. These are routine pre-season medicals that are taken twice a year. Nothing unusual has occurred and right after the medicals are completed we can judge the physical state of the players and go on preparing for the first match. 

With all the issues with the pandemic and the short break between seasons, what changes have you made for how you’d usually prepare for the Super Cup?

The Super Cup is part of the team's preparation for the new season. The players have got together just a few days before the match and we are starting the new season with almost no preparation.

Many fans see Dejan Lovren's transfer as the club strengthening for the Champions League. Is it right?

Dejan Lovren has come to replace Branislav Ivanovic. Dejan is a very good quality player and we are counting on him for the match against Lokomotiv. Now the most important issues is getting all the documents in order.

Today Mikhail Kerzhakov and Yuri Zhirkov extended their contracts, you must be pleased?

Mikhail and Yuri were very useful for our team last season and I have no doubt that they will help us again in this new season as well. Their level of professionalism and quality is the right fit for this club.