“I’ve been in St. Petersburg for a few days now. I think the Gazprom Academy students train a lot, so if they keep doing their best, everything will work out for them and they will reach the highest levels.”
You’re holding a training session for Zenit U21 team. What are you going to put an emphasis on?
“We’re only starting the training process. I have to meet the guys first. I’m going to put an emphasis on attacking play. We’ll view their first-touch abilities and how they move on the positions.”
What have you seen in St. Petersburg in these few days?
“I visited the Gazprom Arena, then took a tour around the city and went to the Hermitage. St. Petersburg has really impressed me! In my opinion it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.”
You've faced Zenit in your playing career. Do you remember that game in the UEFA Cup?
“To be honest, it’s one of my worst memories as we lost 4-0. Arshavin, Kerzhakov and Bystrov played against us back then, and they absolutely smashed our team. I had no positive feelings at the time, but now everything is completely fine!”
How important is it for the coaches to exchange experience?
“Keeping friendly relationships between Zenit and Red Star is important for me, as much as sharing my experience and showing what I’m capable of! I can say that it’s very important for my colleagues from St. Petersburg as well. I feel myself at home here.”