Yuri Semin press-conference at Lokomotiv
Is the early start of the season going to be a problem?
- It is always desirable to play the first match
at high level. There is nothing bad in playing so early.
I also count on help of our supporters, who will fill
our wonderful stadium.
The only problem is that we did not have any serious
games for more than two months. I hope that we will
overcome this “minus” by mobilizing our will and that
we will show the same football as in November.
What do you think about Monaco?
- Monaco is the leader of French championship. This
alone says a lot. We watched many Monaco matches, as
well as they watched our games. We perfectly know each
other. There can be no secrets. It is impossible to
The players in Monaco are very skillful, tactically
literate and very mobile.
Could you compare Lokomotiv readiness a year ago and
- We had a week longer to prepare this year. The
team is more confident now.
Do you think the game may be moved from Moscow because
of the weather?
- There is no reason for this. The pitch is in ideal
state and weather is good for this time of year. There
are all conditions to show good football.
Are there any injuries?
- Everybody is training, even the players, who will
not be able to play tomorrow – Lekgetho and Sytchev.
Will you be satisfied with a draw?
- If we play 0:0 at home and 1:1 or 2:2 in France
then I will be satisfied.