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Sunday 26 October 2014

Miodrag Bozovic: "Spartak must be satisfied by a draw".

Miodrag Bozovic in the post-game press-conference spoke about the derby against Spartak (1-1), explaining the changes in the first XI and the substitutions during the game.

- It's a derby, fans would enjoy it - said Bozovic. - I believe that in the first half the match wasn't so spectacular. When Spartak changed something, it was clear that they would play on counterattacks. In the first half they had a chance, but in the second we played better, scoring first. It's a pity that we suffered a goal, Spartak must be satisfied by a draw. 

- You have done a change compared the game v Terek: Mykhalyk instead of Fernandes. It was due to playing away or to face Spartak with caution?

- Against Terek we lost a lot of fights in the center of the pitch. We needed a power player that would fight and won all the balls.  Mykhalyk played very well

- The substitution Niasse - Pavlyuchenko at the same moment of the substitution Sheshukov - Fernandes seemed forced due to the limit, wasn't it? 

- No. I changed Niasse because he lost something in the fights. When Spartak changed their plane with four or five defenders, we needed a player that could play on the line of off-side. The capacities of Pavlyuchenko are known by everyone, he could intercept balls and be a dangerous presence in the area. The game was developed in the way that we started creating more chances towards the area. Sheshukov, instead, asked the substitution. 

- Was there a plane to face Shirokov? 

- I have a great respect to Shirokov as player, but in the modern football all play in zones. I'm very happy for Russian football that he returned, I think that he will help Russia. In this match we had to be feared not only Shirokov, but also Dzyuba and Movsisyan. Generally, you don't play against single player, but against a a team. 

 - Were you surprised by the first XI of Spartak without a strikers? 

- Yes, but soon we understood that Jurado and Promes would have played as forwards in front of 5 defenders and three variable midfielders. We immediately realized it.

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