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Sergei Semak: "The return match with Malmö will be more difficult"

The Zenit manager spoke to the press after the win at the Gazprom Arena.
Sergei Semak: "The return match with Malmö will be more difficult"

We started the first half very well, but at around the 15 or 20 minutes mark the game evened out. We started the second half well too and scored. The game became easier for us after sending off for Malmo. We got the result and I’m delighted, I also wish to congratulate our fans on the win, I think the upcoming game will be more difficult for us as will be the return match with Malmö. Today the game was successful in both the score and the quality of our play. What will happens next, we'll see. 

Is this Zenit's easiest win of this season?

Not the easiest. The first half could have gone differently as both us and Malmö had chances. The sending off in the second half made the game calmer and easier to play.

The third goal was scored from a long-range shot which is a rare thing for Zenit, will you try this out in RPL too?

It's not so easy to score from long range, with xG, the chance to score from 25 meters is minimal. We do have players who are good at shooting from a distance, Rakitskiy, Douglas, Malcom... Today we had a few shots from distance and scored one, that's good, but we won’t focus on it. We need to choose our best options when attacking.

There have been rumours that Barrios doesn’t like playing in central defence, can you comment on this?

Barrios has responded well to the move into the central defence. I don't even want to comment on these rumours. He is playing great and is ready to play in this position, there are no problems with it. I’ve spoken to him twice about it, before the match against Chelsea and now. It's delusional to think he doesn’t like it.