World Cup hosts Russia ‘not a footballing nation’

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Former Russia manager Leonid Slutsky has some blunt recommendation for a World Cup hosts: acknowledge that we are not a “footballing nation” and pierce on.

Slutsky’s sheer comment came in a arise of dual humbling home defeats to Brazil and France final month.

Pundits and a media seemed prepared to shrug off a 3-0 violence by Brazil as something Russia competence design from a five-time universe champions.

But a mood soured extremely following a sluggish 3-1 detriment to a French organisation that were not during their best.

Slutsky seemed on a football programme on Monday to urge his comment that Russia were simply not really skilful during a sport.

“When we contend that we are not a footballing nation, we do it so that we can figure out why,” Russia’s Euro 2016 manager said.

“The fact that we are not a strongest organisation in a universe is apparent to everyone. It is really critical to acknowledge this in sequence to pierce on.”

Slutsky afterwards took a unusual step of comparing a state of Russian football to alcoholism.

“This is like in Alcoholics Anonymous, when we come in and say: ‘I am so and so and we have a problem’,” a 46-year-old said.

“This is where a liberation and some arrange of swell begins.”

Slutsky is a warm celebrity who gained a clever following among fans when he led CSKA Moscow to 3 domestic titles between 2012 and 2016.

But his Russia side were knocked out of Euro 2016 in a organisation theatre and he was transposed by Stanislav Cherchesov that same year.

The vigour on Cherchesov to — during a really slightest — secure Russia a place in a final 16 of their initial home World Cup is immense.

A new predicament in family between Moscow and a West has usually combined domestic stress to a occasion.

Cherchesov has finished his best to lift organisation spirit and find a china backing from Russia’s latest losses.

The former Spartak Moscow goalkeeper pronounced on Monday that Russia indispensable to play former universe champions to figure out where they stood.

He also reminded supporters that Russia mislaid only 1-0 to Argentina and drew 3-3 with Spain in November.

“We achieved a things that we had set out for ourselves,” Cherchesov told Match TV.

“It is only a contrition that a third diversion with Brazil did not come right after a Spain one.”

Russia and Uruguay are deliberate favourites to swell from a World Cup Group A that also includes Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

But Slutsky pronounced Russia should set themselves longer-term goals.

“I have spent a lot of time meditative about how we can use a bequest of a World Cup,” he said.

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