Strahinja Eraković: “We will be facing Lokomotiv and they truly are a strong team”

The Zenit defender answered the journalists’ questions before the upcoming match against Lokomotiv.
Strahinja Eraković: “We will be facing Lokomotiv and they truly are a strong team”

You have a match against Lokomotiv ahead, and they have different type of forwards. Who is more difficult to play against, physically big and strong strikers like Dzyuba and Suleymanov, or quick players like Pinyaev?

“We will be facing Lokomotiv. They truly are a strong team and they know what they’re supposed to do on the pitch. Generally we’re not concerned who is going to play in offense, be that Dzyuba, Suleymanov or Pinyaev. We’re going to do our best regardless.”

The Serbian team qualified for Euro-2024. What are your expectations from the tournament, which teams would you like to face?

“That’s right, and I’m happy that we qualified for the tournament 24 years after the last time we took part in it. Although it’s not the best time to think about the Serbian team now. We have to concentrate on what’s going on at Zenit first and foremost. I sincerely hope that Zenit will be able to take the first place, and when the season is over it will be time to focus on the national team.”

Strahinja, what do you think of the Russian league now that you’re playing here? Which new skills did you have to acquire after moving to Russia playing in defence and on different positions? How unusual is it for you?

“I’m used to playing on different positions, I’ve had experience switching formations in the national team, at Crvena Zvezda and now at Zenit. It’s not important which position I play on, the fact that I come on the pitch is more important to me. Therefore I will take whichever position the manager tells me to.”