Playing in front of their home crowd, World Cup 2018 host, Russia will be starting their adventure in the tournament in an intriguing tie against Asian representative, Saudi Arabia.
Although being considered as favorite to take all three points, Sbornaya players are not taking their opponent lightly as it was stated by their two star players, Aleksandr Samedov along with Fyodor Smolov.
Speaking in a recent news conference ahead of the opening fixture, both players admitted that Saudi is far from an easy prey as The Green Falcons have quality personnel and exciting playing style.
Samedov mainly highlighting the Arab based outfit ability in not panicking when under pressure as they are able to move the ball pretty well from the back.
Meanwhile, Smolov stated how the presence of Chile head coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, will certainly added that unique passing based game style, similar to most South American teams.
Notably, they acknowledge that they can’t just goof around and expecting a positive result just because they are playing in front of their home crowd as their opponent do have certain qualities that can make things difficult.
Nevertheless, the two stars also added that they are more than ready to face the challenge in World Cup 2018, not just for the opening match against Saudi, but all of their other group games.