Moscow “Spartak” on Tuesday, November 21, will hold the next key match in the Champions League – in the Russian capital came the Slovenian “Maribor”, who had already selected from the red-and-white glasses. “Gazeta.ru” talks about a meeting in which the Premier League champions can secure a European cup spring.
On Tuesday, November 21, Moscow “Spartak” in the fifth round of the group stage of the Champions League in his field will play against the Slovenian “Maribor”.
The meeting, which will take place at the Opening Arena, will be the next “mini-finals” for the red and white in terms of the struggle for the continuation of the European Cup history of this season. In case of victory, the wards of Massimo Carrera guarantee at least participation in the playoffs of the Europa League, and as a maximum significantly increase their chances of reaching the 1/8 finals of the main tournament of the Old World.
Of course, the Spartak players are waiting exclusively for Victoria, and it’s not just the rival’s status, but also the game of Muscovites themselves, which they show in recent weeks.
Particularly encouraging is the Saturday’s defeat of Krasnodar at home (4: 1): an excellent choice of tactics, mood and phenomenal football from the trio of leaders of “Spartacus” in the face of Quincy Promes, Ze Luis and Luis Adriano did not leave Igor Shalimov’s team a chance, but allowed the capital club for the first time in a long time to rise in the top 4 of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL).
However, it is unlikely that such a “trick” with dagger counter-attacks (perhaps the main weapon of the team under Carrer) will be possible in a meeting with the Slovenes Muscovites – no one doubts that the guests will come to Russia after the victory (even a draw will deprive “Maribor” even if the mathematical chances for the third – European Cup – place in the group), but it will be achieved, fiercely defending and hoping for the failures of the hosts.
Moreover, there really is something to count on here – a combinational attack against super-combat opponents is given to Spartak players much worse than deadly counter-attacks, as a result of which the outcome of matches with the conditional Ufa is reduced to the physical form of Muscovites, as well as to individual heroics, which the champions should give them due , it happens a lot.
At the same time, the main task facing the coach of Carrera on the eve of the match at the “Opening Arena” is the proper moral preparation of the players for the decisive battle – in conditions of excellent “physics”, the best in the Premier League attack and the crowded stadium prevent “Spartacus” from achieving the desired against the Slovenes can only he himself.
Especially since this happened with the red and white in this season already repeatedly: the team over and over again easily and beautifully received an advantage in the score over the weaker rivals, but at some point, for no apparent reason, “sat” in the deepest defense (in than he, to put it mildly, is not so strong), and all this often resulted in the tragic loss of valuable points.
By the way, something similar happened in the first match with “Maribor” – the capital club then let it be in a recession, but at the expense of desire and more skill , he managed to minimize the story and keep the difference until the last desyatiminutki, when he simply cuddled up to His goal and was punished for this retaliatory goal.
It is noteworthy that it was this draw that greatly complicated the Spartak fight for the first two lines:
Winners then wards Carrera in Maribor – and already the Spanish “Seville”, which was previously literally beaten in Moscow (5: 1), would have to spend the remaining tours better than competitors.
In reality, representatives with examples with seven points are currently the second, ahead of their offenders by two points, and leads in the quartet “Liverpool” (8).
As for the Slovenes, the point scored in the meeting with Spartak is still the only one in their asset – in the other three matches, the purple ceded with a total score of 0:13 (!) And now naturally occupy the last line in the group.
It is interesting that the only satisfactory result in the Champions League season-2017/18 “Maribor” achieved without its main star – striker Luke Zachovich,
22-year-old son of the famous Zlatko Zahovich, currently the sports director of the club.
Do not play the most expensive football player of the team (€ 1.4 million estimated profile resources) and in Moscow – and again because of injury.
In the absence of Zahovich, the hosts will be trying to arrange for the attacking midfielder Marcus Tavares and winger Damjan Bohar, who upset Artem Rebrov in the first game.
In turn, the “Spartacus”, at the start of the season grabbed a real “virus” of injuries, since recently the infirmary has gradually become less and less filled.
In the match with Maribor (except for the long-injured Zhano Ananidze, Artem Timofeev and Georgy Tigiev), it is likely that only Andrei Eshchenko and Alexander Samedov will not be able to play, the return to the formation of which can take place in the nearest match with Zenit (November 27) on the “Opening Arena”). However, even their appearance on the field is not ruled out.
Do not help his partners in the most important confrontation and the main defender of the team George Jikia – he has a bust of yellow cards, and the “fatal” “yellow card” was received by the defencist in a non-player situation with Sevilla, which is doubly insulting.
We add that the victory of “Spartacus” over the Slovenes is estimated by bookmakers in a modest coefficient equal to 1.25, while a draw is 6, and the visitors’ quiz – as much as 12.
The match “Spartak” – “Maribor” will start at 20:00 Moscow time.