Moscow - Reigning champions Zenit St Petersburg aim to
extend their perfect start to the new season when they face Terek Grozny in the
Russian Premier League on Saturday.
Andre Villas-Boas' Zenit share the lead in the Premiership
with two Moscow sides, last season's runners-up CSKA and Lokomotiv, who all go
into week three with a maximum six points.
Terek have won the last two meetings between the teams at
Saint Petersburg's Petrovsky stadium but Villas-Boas is confident his players
can turn the tables this time round.
"We had a great match at Yekaterinburg a week
ago," the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager said.
"The whole team moved incredibly from the points of
view of tactics and physical condition. We're getting better from match to
"The upcoming meeting with Terek is no less important
for us as we have a chance to extend our lead in the league.
"Our fans are happy: we have earned the title and lead
the league right now. But we all should keep working hard to maintain the
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Meanwhile, former two-time champions Lokomotiv Moscow face a
tough examination of their ambitions on Sunday when they face city rivals
The side, backed by Russia's vast state railway, have 22
wins in this derby to their name against 14 for Dynamo since the end of the
"We've made a good start to the season but the derby
clash is a very special case," Lokomotiv manager Igor Cherevchenko said.
"I expect a tough match against Dynamo, who without
doubt want to improve their position in the table.
"I believe in my team's chances. Lokomotiv today is
just like family with one for all and all for one. I expect an interesting game
Dynamo, who have started the season missing a number of
injured players, including Congolese and Brazilian full backs Christopher Samba
and Douglas, have failed to chalk up a win so far.
"The injuries and the red card to Tomas Hubocan in the
season-opener forced us to rotate the most dangerous zone - defence,"
Dynamo head coach Andrei Kobelev said.
"We desperately need to stabilize our line-up as soon
Last season's runners-up CSKA Moscow will turn their focus
back to domestic action as they face promoted Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday
after a draw midweek in their Champions League qualifying match with Czech
high-flyers Sparta Prague.
The Red Army side took the lead twice in the home tie but
failed to cling onto the lead as Sparta levelled twice to earn a 2-2 draw.
CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky was upset both with the result
and his team's performance against the Czech outfit.
"It was a match of missed opportunities for us,"
"We gave Sparta too much freedom in attack and paid the
"Now we need to tighten up our performance in defence.
The match with Anzhi will show whether we managed to do this."For
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