Anji head coach Sergei Tashuev gave his commentary on the Kislovodsk camp.
- Did the friendly match vs Dynamo GTS meet your expectations?
- On the whole the game picture is complete. The lads put all their efforts. What I saw was a good preparation for the game, desire to show football that we enjoy watching – spectacular play with wide attacking line and creative moves.In theory we analyzed the Germany – Portugal WC game prior to the friendly match. The play revealed by the German side was our role model play for sparring vs Dynamo GTS. We dominated at times, we were pressed at time, but in total the game philosophy was noticed.
As usual, as we showed high pressure we had some problems when switching from offense to defense. They resulted in several expeditious attacks from the opponent. But this is natural when the pressed team has gaps in the defense. It`s fullbacks, who must act properly. But they made some positional mistakes. Mistakes were also made by halfbacks. In future such mistakes should be avoided. And again, these are expenses of the current day and current process of the game organization. This is a problem, but it`s expected and can-do. In particular, I realized the opponent will go on attack. We`re just in the beginning of our way. The youngsters who took the field in the second half showed an entertaining football. Of course, we should take into consideration the fact that we opposed to the Second Division team, but one way or other, this is a team of skilled players. Besides, it`s not easy to go against the sides of lower levels – they`re highly motivated for such games and show tough play.
- Speaking about the above-mentioned youth, can you recommend any of them for the first eleven or at least the main team?
- We`ll take some of them to our Austrian camp. They`re up-and-coming, skilled and gifted. We`ll try to develop them. Perhaps, in future some of them will perform with the first team, at least for some period of time.
- Three sparrings are planned for the Austrian camp, our rivals will be the clubs from the country`s top flights – Kosice Slovakia, and the Austrian league winner Red Bull team. The opponents are quite the thing, aren`t they?
- It was our wish to compete with superior clubs. I think games against them will reveal our advantages and drawbacks, and show the way to work on.
- Anji fans liked football shown by Karlen Mkrtchyan last season. What are the chances of that he`ll stay with the team?
- His appendicitis was operated on. We wait for him to be back to the team. I know him well. Any chances? I think yes, he`ll stay with us.