For the first time since the season 2000/2001 none of the Russian football clubs have not reached the playoffs the European cup. In the case of the Champions League - a similar set of circumstances exactly should not be considered shameful (Besides the representatives of England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, spring in the Champions League, no one will play), but the loss of all the representatives in the Europa League - at least reason to think. I will not take on the role of a lawyer, but objective reasons of, what did you say Artem Dzyuba after the match with the "Benfica", It was.
"Zenith", despite the impressive structure and a successful start, I missed their opportunity in the home match with "Leipzig" and in person meeting with the "Benfica", which has already been mentioned. It should be noted, that St. Petersburg scored seven points. for comparison: at 2013 , the blue-white-blue came in 1/8 Champions League final from the second line, scored six points! That is, appropriate to talk about, that the Trust Sergei Semak in a sense, no luck.
it, by the way, One of the most common hazards of groups, where all competitors are roughly equal in forces: often in such a case all the participants to the last round of fighting for a spot in the playoffs. The team came under a barrage of criticism, partly, of course, deserved - so play, in the second half with the "Benfica", must not. But lost "Zenith" Portuguese 0:1 provided victory "Leipzig" on "Lion" (Germans were up to 82 minutes), would be in the Russian team address at least some criticism? Yes, details decide. No detail - it's true. But for a team to assess the detail, which adequately played in half the matches of the tournament, and in home championship "lucky" closest pursuer 10 points - unfairly.
"Lokomotiv" disappointed more. Command Yuri Semin I started very well, but the last two months was in such a state, that I have lost a lot of. Suffice it to say, what in 11 last matches "railroad" won once. With debutant RPL "Tambov". with the score 3:2.
But let's focus on the main: a team crisis, rather than a failure in a single tournament. Crises happen at all. And "Locomotive", what is important, Points scored in the group. Yes, less, than rivals. Yes, goal difference is not the most joyful: 4-11. But it is not far 1-18, that "Spartacus" issued on the basis of performances in the Champions League this season 20002/2003.
"Krasnodar" for the first time in its history, played in the Champions League in the first qualifying round for himself knocked out "Porto" - for a moment, frequenter of the playoffs of the Champions League. Little of, that the "bulls" in the summer completely renovated midfield line, so also we should not forget, that the team is quite a large group of their own students - talented, but yet suffering from a lack of experience. Therefore, a failure in the next round with "Olympiakos", which is contrary to the general opinion should not be considered an easy rival, definitely not to be taken as painful. The Europa League has affected poor start, which in turn stems from the emotional background of the team after ligochempionskih adventure.
In CSKA, surprisingly, business in European Cup this season much worse, than in the past. In this case, a young and inexperienced team was older for a year. I think, mentor "army" Victor Gancharenko rightly pointed out the lack of experienced players - team leaders, able to make the result of the experience, and not give in to emotions. certainly, affected and the length of the bench: it is impossible to play on two fronts, It is a part of such a limited talent pool. At the same time the club, who lives in the most severe part of a modest, even by Russian standards, budget, claims can not be. Only gratitude, what Akhmetov, Oblyakov, Diveyevo, Chalov, Kuchaev, and now Karpov at my age stuffed bumps, and do not rub the next set of mold on the bench. But to the result of the "here and now" this is not thanks to pripishesh.
Talking about what happened with "Spartacus", it remains only to quote the greatest "chernomyrdizm": "Never such was, and here again ". What to expect from the red and white, if they are in chronic crisis? Yes, its composition Muscovites clearly could not just go out in the group stage, but almost any group to win it. But the club is not on level ground the third coach working for half a year, not counting the two, the Acting. Not out of the blue in the club in the summer of changing CEO and a significant portion of management. And the staff of the summer changed very much: we have not seen until now, the team is more or less consistently showed his football and RPL.
Who least of all should blame for the "failure of the European competition", so it Tula "Arsenal". The team with the limited staff capacity at the start of the season came in a little crisis and did not show his usual level. For the same reason in the group stage "armourers" the Russian audience did not see. But, to honor, the team scored a good move in the championship. true, that's another story.
As a result, we have the "European Cup failure": lag in Table UEFA coefficients increases from Portugal, with sixth position Russia has moved to seventh. offensive? certainly! rightly? Absolutely! But it is important to separate the failure is in European competition and private situations, when the team for objective reasons in favor of their own capabilities below. Alas, this season such reason has developed and accumulated too much. Is this a reason for reform? The reason for the reform should be considered a desire to move forward, and therefore they should have to wait and, if successful,.
Author: Konstantin Tihov