You are absolutely right, every match is important, our aim is to win, even in the friendly match against Crvena Zvezda, which had 20,000 fans in attendance. We are looking forward to a full stadium against Spartak and want to get a good result for our supporters.
The result and goal difference is a big factor, we will look to play to our best and get the win. Time will tell if we can get a win, with a large number of goals, but our main aim is to win.
The three teams from our group have already qualified for the next round in the Russian Cup and there are pluses and minuses. We always set ourselves the highest targets and want to win and go as far in this competition as possible.
Those who definitely won't play are Odoevskiy and Lovren. The rest are getting ready. Some have some issues, but they will probably be ready to play.
The better, more prepared players will start, that’s always the case with our first team. For a number of reasons some players don’t start, and Cup matches can give us the opportunity to give match practice to everyone so they can feel the rhythm of the game, show what they can do and challenge those who start most matches. As far as those results go, don't blame the players, everyone has their part in any defeat. It gives us something to think about, why we lost this or that match, there is information for us that is very important.
It is what it is and in football everything is fair. The situation we’ve found ourselves in is absolutely fair. Perhaps, at the beginning of the competition there was a thought in our heads that the first three teams will go through anyway, so we weren’t giving it our all straight away?
There are always differences when comparing players against those play all the time. They show what they can do in training, but sometimes they lack match practice, and sometimes there might be other reasons. When any team isn’t playing their strongest starting XI, this can be seen in the quality of the game and the results, and this is completely normal. It shows that today we were not good enough and to let ourselves play with two squads without losses.
Of course, we are looking at having a match and the club’s management will deal with the planning. We will try to make sure that the match takes place when it is convenient for both us and Sepahan. I would like to play this match.
It seems quite odd at the moment, but it is probably fair as there are a lot of stoppages and time wasting. Fans want to see more intense games and if there are a lot of stoppages due to injuries or VAR calls, stoppage time should correspond to that. I don't see anything wrong with this. One of the teams can use this time to comeback.
There haven’t been any negatives, except that it is unusual to see compared to what we were used to before.