The qualifying tournament for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is nearing its climax. Compared to motorsport, the teams have to go through the turn, which will be the finish line. The October segment is also very important in the input data. The Russian national team has strengths that can be achieved in qualifying for Qatar.
Clear choice and atmosphere
The arrival of Valery Karpin to the post of head coach of the Russian national team instead of Stanislav Cherchesov, among other things, should improve the emotional background around the main team of the country.
At the moment, it can be argued that everything is happening exactly as intended. By itself, the appointment of a direct and open Karpin could not but bring an informational effect after the difficult in terms of the Cherchesov period.
But the work of the new coach of the national team should also be noted. At the moment, Karpin is not just open – he is consistent and understandable. All his decisions seem logical.
The national team immediately from a closed club, where it is not easy for new people to get, turned into a place where the best at the moment are.
And although the range of players who are invited by the current coaching staff from training camp to training camp is quite large, this has a positive effect on the atmosphere. As evidence, we can single out the words of those players who are not included in the application.
So, the forward of Moscow “Spartak” Alexander Sobolev, who recently seemed to be an unshakable player in the cage, and the CSKA defensive player Maxim Mukhin, who went and played at Euro, is publicly looking for reasons in himself and have no complaints about his mentor.
When the atmosphere is good, the team is always more relaxed and energized to accomplish a feat where it is indispensable. The Russian national team needs it now.
After his first three games in the qualifier for the 2022 World Cup, Karpin came under fire for the football of the Russian national team. The game was really far from ideal and what you generally want to watch.
But with the results, everything turned out quite differently: a draw with Croatia (0: 0), the main favorite of the group, albeit at home, and victories over Cyprus (2: 0) and Malta (2: 0), which took points from our competitors.
As a result, four rounds before the finish, Russia ranks second in subgroup H, yielding to the Croats only in goal difference by one point. And at the same time, the second priority indicator – goals scored – is better than the Russian national team.
Slovaks lag behind Russia and Croatia by four points, and Slovenes – by quite critical six. But the second line in the group guarantees participation in the play-off tournament. And although it will not be so easy, it is still a real chance to travel to Qatar. Such a situation should give confidence in the struggle for the first place – and it is just beginning.
The Russian national team’s calendar is more complicated than the Croatian one, but in the group now every match is not easy. Our team will have to fight with the Slovaks and Slovenes (October 8 and 10, respectively). The Croats defeated both in September, and now they will first go to Cyprus, and then they will accept the same Slovaks.
Whoever goes through this segment better will get a serious advantage before the finish, where in the ninth round both Russia and Croatia will play with outsiders, and then the winner of the subgroup will be determined at the boiling Zagreb “Maksimir”.
In the case of the tournament position of the Russian national team, it even allows you to make a mistake without depriving the chances of getting to the world championship. This should further liberate the team and help it show its maximum.
The third trump card is the most controversial. Cherchesov, after the European Championship, was scolded for dull and archaic football, when our team acted in a closed manner, preferring to defend, and in the attack relied only on throws at Artyom Dziuba and on individual qualities Alexander Golovin and Alexey Miranchuk.
Karpin plays in a completely different way. His football is based on high pressure and a lot of team action. Russian footballers now try to cover opponents right after the loss and, in general, look daring.
Another thing is that while all this works sporadically, and in every match there are extremely unsuccessful segments, leading to the dominance of opponents. It looked especially unpleasant against modest Cyprus and Malta.
And yet the very choice of philosophy seems to be correct. The Russian national team does not have the class to stand on a par with the giants, but they can even give positive emotions. Suffice it to recall the performance of the Hungarian national team in the death group at Euro 2020: the daring team drew with France (1: 1) and Germany (2: 2).
When do the players adapt to the requirements.
The whole question is whether the coaching chief of the country will be able to achieve this in the decisive games of the qualifying cycle right now?
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