World Cup 2018: Do Russia fancy their possibilities on residence turf?
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With lower than per week to go till the primary sport, Russian media retailers are buzzing with pleasure concerning the first World Cup of their nation.
Tv information commonly carries glowing stories about host cities, and the planning that has gone into internet hosting the event.
However the enthusiasm doesn’t prolong to the nationwide staff. They, it’s truthful to say, is not going to be burdened by expectation.
The final feeling amongst sport journalists is the staff will probably be fortunate to succeed in the knockout phases from a bunch additionally together with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
Ilya Andreyev of the Sport Express web site had predicted a “heroic” efficiency from Russia that might see them by way of to the final 16.
Nonetheless, he modified his thoughts after a 1-Zero defeat by Austria and a limp 1-1 draw towards Turkey in warm-up friendlies.
“One (one, rattling it!) shot heading in the right direction in two matches towards not probably the most excellent of opponents… merely a nightmare,” he mentioned.
Solely “a miracle” can save Russia from crashing out on the group stage, in accordance with Alexander Sedov, sports activities author with Gazeta.ru.
“Seven matches and not using a win (the worst-ever run within the Russian nationwide staff’s fashionable historical past underneath the identical coach) and nil victories in 2018,” he mentioned.
Russia are solely the third host nation that has did not win a sport in a World Cup yr, Sedov additionally identified.
Even President Putin didn’t sound assured when discussing the nationwide staff’s possibilities.
“I’ve to state a incontrovertible fact that, sadly, our nationwide staff has not in latest occasions achieved large outcomes,” he advised Chinese language TV.
Days later he sounded barely extra constructive, saying he hopes the staff will rating a “large win”.
The bottom-ranking staff
Sportsdaily.ru famous Russia are the lowest-ranked staff within the event, in accordance with world governing physique Fifa.
“Russia’s nationwide staff has improved its personal anti-record, falling to 70th place. Our nationwide staff’s earlier worst achievement was 66th place,” the article mentioned.
“Bravo, bravo!” one social media person tweeted with sarcasm. “We had been awarded the proper to carry a WC as early as 2010 and in eight years not solely have we not created a superb staff, however we’ve got degenerated!”
One other Twitter person said this was the primary “really terrible” Russian nationwide soccer staff. “It’s terrible not due to the outcomes, however due to its lack of identification.”
There was robust criticism of the coach Stanislav Cherchesov, not least for what Gazeta.ru described because the “unusual inconsistency” within the choice of gamers and formation.
“Cherchesov has issues with discovering a formation,” mentioned Sergei Titov on Championat.ru.
A poll by the state-funded VTsIOM pollster suggests solely 20% of Russians anticipate their staff to make it to the final 16. That mentioned, 11% consider they’ll win the World Cup.