Moscow - Reigning champions and Russian Premiership leaders
Zenit St Petersburg are looking to extend their perfect start to the new season
when they face minnows Ufa on Sunday.
But Andre Villas-Boas's Zenit, who top the league on goal
difference with nine points from three matches, are not taking 10th-placed Ufa
"Last season we set Russia's new record, winning eight
matches out of eight from the start," the former Porto, Chelsea and
Tottenham manager Villas-Boas said.
"Now we have four out of four (including the Russian
Supercup final) and I hope we will continue going this way. Of course at some
point we will lose a game but we will do our best to put off this moment for as
long as possible.
"I cannot guarantee that on Sunday we will definitely
win but we're expecting to extend our winning streak."
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Meanwhile, last season's runners-up CSKA Moscow, who have
also bagged maximum points from three league matches, will need to turn their
focus back to domestic action after a Champions League qualifying victory over
In Prague, the Red Army side battled back from two goals
down to beat the Czech high-flyers 3-2 to make it into the Champions league
"I'm very glad that my men showed strong character and
skills to make it into the next round," coach Leonid Slutsky said.
"But we shouldn't put ourselves in such a situation. I
hope in the next matches we will be more careful to avoid such an arduous
Russia's most successful club, Spartak Moscow, who share
third spot with city rivals Lokomotiv, have a fair chance to claim all three
points on Sunday when they face promoted Samara.
But Spartak manager Dmitry Alenichev, the only Russian to
play in a Champions League-winning team, said his men were taking nothing for
granted against Samara, who sit ninth with three points in as many games.
"This season we created a team with a new approach,
that's why we're taking it one game at a time, that's the only possible way for
us now," Alenichev said.
"We've won our two last matches with a clean sheet and of
course we're all pleased about that.
"We'd like to continue to perform this way. But to do
that we definitely need to boost our performance in attack. Hopefully our hard
work in practice will pay off in the upcoming match."For
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