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Javier Gracia: «We have a tough series of games ahead of us»


FC «Rubin» head coach spoke to the press on the round 11 ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Premier league match against «Terek».

— How the team's feeling after the 3:0 win last week? 

— Every win, every positive outcome gives our team confidence. But we have a path we need to follow - that means constant everyday hard work of all the participants of the trainig process. Wins are helpful when it comes to the microclimat, however, we have moments that need to be improved.

— You change midfielders in the line-up for almost every game. Why?

— These desicions come from the idea of finding the perfect combination for every match.

— What can you say about «Terek»?

— We have a tough series of games ahead of us - three matches in two tournaments. AT teh moment we are preparing for «Terek», which is a great team, very active, that force the fight. We have a positive attitude after we defeated «Krylia Sovetov», but we understand that the upcoming match will be challenging. 

— How the squad is preparing for cold weather? 

— We will see how they will be handling the cold weather (smiles). I'm pretty sure the cold hasn.t started yet, it is just fresh outside. I don't think this will stop our players to show their best qualities on the pitch

— Alex Song didn't play last game. Is it because of an injury? 

— Yes, Song didn't play. Ozdoev didn't play as well. And many other players didn't play in last game as well, because only 11 players can play in one game. And 18 are subs. We have a busy schedule, and we are counting on Alex in next games. He is a good player, very important for our team. But in the last game we decided to go with Yann M'Vila and Mijo Caktas and they did a great job. 

— So no injury then?

— No, the player is not injured. He couldn't train fully on the previous week, so I was forced to make such desicion.

— Are you satisfied with the progress of Yan M'Vila, who spent a lot of time out of the team? 

— He played well, he is a very good football player, but we understand that he is not in his perfect shape at the moment. We believe there are few moments Yann should work on. 

— First 10 rounds of the championship have passed, have your opinion about RFPL changed? 

— My opinion is teh same. I think it is a very competitive championship. 

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