James Obiorah interview to Lokomotiv.ru
- James, we are glad to see you in Lokomotiv again.
How long will you stay here?
- It is hard to plan for a long time in football.
I can say that I signed a two-year contract, so I am
a Lokomotiv player now.
- Has anything changed in your life while you were away
- First of all, I changed myself. The period of
time I spent in the Spanish Second division was very
useful for me. I had to try hard to play at this level
and that let me recover from injuries and feel confident
again. So at the moment I am quite well prepared physically
and I want to play at higher level.
- Did you find the team changed a lot?
- I know most of the players, but there are some
new faces as well. I do not think there will be any
adaptation problems. It is not such a long time I was
away from the team.
- James, during you absence several new strikers appeared
in the team. Are you ready for the competition?
- Yes, there are more good forwards in the team
now. In Spain I saw some French championship matches
with Sytchev, Ashvetia also made a very good impression
and Pimenov recovered from injuries. But I know my strength
and ready to compete for a place in the starting line-up.
And I think the coaches will not be disappointed with
- Are you prepared to play in a different position if
the team interests require it?
- Even though I often played right midfielder in
Spain, I feel more comfortable as a striker and I hope
to be more useful for the team in this position.
- Did you have any offers from other teams?
- Yes, I had several offers from German, Spanish
and Italian clubs. One Russian club also wanted to see
me. But I chose Lokomotiv, because I consider it the
most competitive Russian club in Europe today. In addition,
I am attracted by the opportunity to play at very high
level (1/8 final) in the Champions League.
- What is the difference between Spanish Second division
and Russian Premier League?
- Of course, one cannot compare such different tournaments.
Naturally, the Premier League level is much higher.
However, in Spain I was surprised that the attendance
level never goes below 14-16 thousand. The leading clubs
in Moscow collect far smaller crowds. I hope Lokomotiv
will change this and its stadium will always be full.