Moscow - Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow hope to
bounce back from Monday's 4-1 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in the domestic cup
final when they host Terek Grozny on Saturday.
The Red Army side moved top of the table following a 3-0 win
at Ural Yekaterinburg last week but are just two points ahead of second-placed
Rostov with reigning champions Zenit in third, two points further back.
CSKA manager Leonid Slutsky said he had no complaints about
his team's defeat in the Russian Cup final, adding that his side desperately
needed to boost their attacking performance.
"We paid the price in the final for making too many
mistakes," Slutsky said. "Besides, our Nigerian forward Samuel
Olanare suffered a serious knee ligament injury and is out for the remainder of
"The match against Terek will be very important. Their
defence is playing really well this season and we will need to perform at our
best in attack to achieve a positive result on Saturday. I expect a tough
Meanwhile, Zenit, fresh from a third Russian Cup triumph,
will try to extend their wining run against bottom side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Zenit manager Andre Villas-Boas said that after winning the
pre-season Super Cup and the Russian Cup his team can now focus on retaining
their domestic title.
"I'm very happy with the win and the trophy. This is
what we play football for, to win things!" the former Porto, Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur head coach said.
"This is our second trophy of the season and we're
really pleased with it. I think we can now go on and win the title."
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However, Zenit will have to make do without Portuguese
skipper Danny for the final four matches of the campaign after he tore knee
ligaments last month, also ruling him out of Euro 2016.
Rostov, who suffered an unexpected 2-1 defeat at Mordovia
Saransk last week, will face another tough test on Friday, when they take on
fifth-placed Lokomotiv Moscow.
Rostov manager Kurban Berdyev was upset with the defeat at
Saransk, and he expects the match against two-time former champions Lokomotiv
to be a real examination of his side's title credentials.
"It was a very annoying defeat," said Berdyev, who
led Rubin Kazan to back-to-back Russian titles in 2008-09. "I'd say we
didn't deserve it.
"But we need to draw conclusions from that defeat to
prepare for the match with Lokomotiv in the best possible way.
"It will be a difficult game. Lokomotiv's position in
the leading group is deserved, they're a very well-organised team and very
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