The Russian national select team's coach Georgy Yartsev is dissatisfied with his team's results and performance. Today's match took place on the fifth day of our stay in Japan; the team, which didn't have enough time to acclimatize, could, nonetheless, have played better, Yartsev added.
This is a national select team; anyone playing for it must unveil his potential completely, Yartsev went on to say.
The Russian team challenged Japan's Shimizu team to a draw 1:1.
Talking to RIA-NOVOSTI, Yartsev said the Japanese trip was useful.
I do not want to single out or criticize any of our players; all of them can play to the best of their capacity during championship and Russian-cup matches, Yartsev told RIA-NOVOSTI.
At the same time, he admitted this team's members were expected to go to Portugal.
I don't want to offend anyone; however, those players, who didn't go to Japan, boast greater professionalism, Yartsev stressed.
In his words, the Russian team's actions were marked by fatigue and lack of field experience. This is the only explanation for the five yellow cards as well as of detestable use of specific goal opportunities, Yartsev stressed.
According to the Russian coach, he liked the Japanese team; three Brazilian legionnaires were particularly good, helping stage a number of suspenseful and brilliant attacks.
Yartsev thanked the Japanese organizing committee for an opportunity to visit this wonderful country and to engage strong football players.
For his own part, the Japanese team's Brazilian coach Antonino noted that this was the first match with Russian football players in his entire career.
We analyzed the game between Russia's national select and the Japanese Olympic team rather closely, exposing some Russian weak spots and trying to take advantage of them; nonetheless, we found the going very hard sometimes, especially when the Russians counter-attacked, the coach noted, stressing he was quite satisfied with the game's results.