Russian championship: Round#6
Vladimir Zakharov: "Don't expect an easy stroll"
On Saturday drawing of lots has chosen the opponents for the best clubs of the "Len Trophy Cup" to play in the semi-finals. According to the draw, Croatioan "Sibelnik" will compete against "Budva" from Montenegro, Kazanian "Sintez" will face the last representative of Italy - "Leonida Bissolati" from Cremona.
The head coach of the club "Sintez" Vladimir Zakharov commented on the draw:
- Any Italian team presents itself a serios rival. The fact, that we should treat "Bissolati" seriously, prooves that they have pushed "Lukoil-Spartak" from Volgograde, more than that, they have defeated Russians both at home and abroad. So, we do not expect an easy stroll from the duel with "BIssolati".
- As far as we know, that "Sintez" will play the 1-st match at home.
- Right you are, we were informed that the 1-st match will be held on April, 11. It will be of great importance for us. We are sure, that its result will define if we could pass the final. At home we will have to make the margin, which will be of the great benefit to us on April, 28, in the return match in Italy.
- How will you organise the preparation preiod for the semi-finals?
- We'll have to face some difficulties while getting ready for the battles. More than the half of our line-up is involved in the national teams preparing for the World Championship in Australia: i.e. Marat Zakirov is at the moment in the Russian National team, Dejan Savic and Danilo Ikodinovic are in Serbia, Vladimir Gojkovic is training with the Montenegro National team, Thomas Schertwitis - with the Germans. More than that, young Pavel Katkov, Artur Fatakhutdinov and Konstantin Stepanyuk have been chosen by the coach of the Students National team to have the 1-st training camp for the Universiade-2007. So we have nothing to do, but to practice withouth them. On February, 12 the team has started regular trainings, after the gap - we have allowed the players to take holidays for a while to rehabilitate them physically and pshycologically. On February, 24 we will fly to Larnaka, where we will stay till March, 11.
The National team players will be back to Kazan on April, 2, after that "Sintez" will proceed the preparations in the best fit.
- What is the aim of your team in the "Len Trophy Cup"?
- To win the Trophey. Last year we were at a hand to the Cup, and believe me, all our players will do their best to achieve this year the thing they didn't manage in they year of 2006.