Dejan Lovren: "I'm happy to have scored, but disappointed by the draw"
The Zenit captain spoke to us after the draw in Chechnya.
No it didn't. We are used to playing in conditions like this. I can't say that we are happy with the result, we could have played better and we needed the win. We had chances, but the referee made some strange decisions, like the penalty. I think the referee was too harsh. We were missing a lot of players today and Karavaev got injured, I really hope that it's nothing serious, he is very important to us.
Today is your first visit to Grozny, what do you think of the place?
Akhmat are a tough team and I've heard it is always difficult here, but I would not say that there is some special atmosphere here. During the match, I could hear our fans and that helps us feel good.
Today you scored a header from free-kick. Was it planned?
No, I was just in the right place at the right moment. I'm happy to have scored, but disappointed by the draw. We need to constantly try to be better.
There was an incident in the Akhmat penalty area when the ball hit the defender's hand. Was it a penalty and should VAR have intervened?
Yes, it was another strange decision from the referee and I do not understandit. How can the referee gave a penalty to one side and not award the other? But this is football, we have to accept it and move on.