Moscow - Russian Premier League table-toppers CSKA Moscow
will face another stiff challenge to their title ambitions when they face city
rivals Dynamo on Sunday.
The Red Army side, who won their Champions League match
against Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven 3-2 on Wednesday, are currently five
points ahead of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow.
Reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg sit third three
points further back.
Despite the victory in midweek, CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky
expressed concern over his team's inconsistent performances in recent matches.
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Two weeks ago CSKA were trailing 3-0 after the opening
quarter-hour at Mordovia Saransk but managed to produce a storming comeback to
win 6-4, while, against PSV the Muscovites were 3-0 up at halftime but only
narrowly held on after the Dutch side scored twice after the interval.
"We botched up the first halftime at Saransk, while the
second half with PSV was also a disaster," Slutsky said.
"We need to learn quickly how to keep ourselves focused
throughout the match.
"CSKA are winless in their last 12 matches with Dynamo.
It's high time to put an end to this protracted series."
Meanwhile, Dynamo, who finished fourth last season, are
solely focused on domestic action after being thrown out of the Europa League
for breaking UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.
The UEFA verdict has caused an exodus of foreign footballers
from the club.
However, Dynamo brought in a set of players from their youth
team, who have won the last two titles of the Premier League youth team's
Head coach Andrei Kobelev said he believed that his men are
more than capable of matching derby rivals CSKA.
"Although CSKA have played their recent matches in
different ways they're a team that has repeatedly proved their high
class," Kobelev said.
"We are preparing for Sunday's match very seriously.
Though we've lost several classy players we're not going to sacrifice this
season. We have high objectives and are set to fulfill them regardless of how
difficult it will be."For
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