Football Union of Russia

Russian public organization

19:45, 13 November 2018

"We are upset with a draw"

On Tuesday, November 13, Russian junior team (players born in 2000) held a start match in the frames of the 1-st qualifying round of UEFA UERO 2019 U-19. Our team tied with Latvia. Head coach of the team Andrey Gordeev shared his impressions at the end of the meeting.

-What happened at the end? Why didn’t the Russian team manage to win?

-This happens when you have a lot of scoring moments but don’t score. Big responsibility for the result influenced the ending; we missed the ball in a moment. A football’s rule worked then: “if you don’t score, they score”. We are very upset with the result, as soon as we had an advantage. We can’t be proud of this outcome.

- However, a match in a parallel group ended up in a draw too, which means still there is hope...

-Everything depends on us; the main events of the tournament are ahead. It is important to remember this feeling when you could do something but you didn’t. And never get back to that feeling.

-During the break you decided to substitute Agalarov and Zhironkin, who appeared to be the most active in the first half. Explain the decision, please.

-We have a strategy for several matches. It is very difficult to have 3 matches during 6 days, that’s why the rotation is inevitable. Moreover, Gamid had certain problems with front of a thigh, that’s why he needs a partial strain. We have decent substitutions, but I can’t say that all the players of today’s match hit the mark.

-Today our footballers almost didn’t receive warnings, for the exception of episodes at the end. Is that a result of error corrections?

-We talked about it before. The guys have an understanding and desire to reach together great results, and that’s why it is important to learn to control your emotions.

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November 16. Russia - Cyprus. Paphos, “Peya Municipal” stadium, 12:00.

November 19. Montenegro - Russia. Paphos, “Paphikos” stadium, 12:00.

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Men
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National teams - Youth
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