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Roadway: Spain and Portugal obviously is stronger than us

After has left out of operation from - for traumas the captain of Russian national team Victor Onopko, it became clear that the most skilled player of the team there was Alexander Mostovoj debuting in a national team in 1990. The leader of Russian national team has given interview to an official site of the European championship on the eve of the first match against Spaniards.

what mood reigns in camp of the Russian national team?

Fine. We have reached the final the European championship together with the strongest national teams of continent. Naturally, it should please.

Russian national team has not won any companionable match this year. These results disturb you?

In no way. We have already played these matches and now should forget about them. In Portugal we will play on - to another and other level. Companionable matches - simply spadework, same as training in which trainers have an opportunity to check up new players.

what weak and strengths of a Russian team?

does not make a secret that our strongest line - half-backs. At the same time in defence there are certain problems as the strongest defenders Sergey Ignashevich and Victor Onopko have left out of operation. On the other hand, it does not mean that defence - our weak place. We have players who will replace left, and time is just necessary to them to adapt.

Onopko not the just fine defender, it also the captain, and its leader. Its loss much means for a command?

Undoubtedly. When Victor left training camp, it was visible, as to it it is heavy. He felt awfully. And I felt also. We were the most skilled players of a national team. It was the only thing who played with me still in Soviet time. But there was that happens, and we not in forces to change a situation.
you have spent set of matches for a national team. You consider what command as the strongest?

I Think, the strongest was that that under the direction of Oleg Romantseva has acted for Euro - 1996. In that national team there was a set of the players who have won the youth European championship of 1990. We were on form peak, all supported strong European clubs, but, having shown brilliant results in a qualifying tournament, in England have failed. Why? I search till now for the answer.

as you estimate chances of a national team in Portugal?

We should see the matter soberly. It will be very difficult to us to leave group in which against us the strongest modular Europe, Portugal and Spain will play. They obviously are stronger than us. However, we have chances to get to a quarterfinal. We have arrived to Portugal not to lose.