Cherchesov: "Without calling Dziuba in November I already knew that he would be missed"

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Cherchesov: "Without calling Dziuba in November I already knew that he would be missed"

The head coach of the Russian national team Stanislav Cherchesov - about the decision not to call Zenit forward Artem Dziuba to the November matches of the national team.

- Making that decision, I already knew that he would be missed, - said Cherchesov. - By the way, everyone said, they say, give Dziuba a rest, let the other attackers go. And when Chalov and Zabolotny play, they remember Artyom. But we are about something else. In the tough rhythm of matches, Dziube was not easy anyway, and when that situation was added, it became even more difficult.

We contacted him on the same day so that he knew our position. True, it was not me who spoke, but the team's doctor Eduard Bezuglov, who considered that Artyom was not comfortable enough to communicate with me in those circumstances. But in any situation, we have a dialogue with a football player so that he knows the truth. It is no coincidence that Dziuba scored against Krasnodar on the same evening of history.

It is wrong to invite a tired player to the national team, forcing him to remotely settle family affairs. And it’s not a fact that his presence would have turned the situation drastically. And I myself spoke with Artem via video link after the end of the training camp.

In early November, Cherchesov announced the withdrawal of Dziuba from the national team for the November matches after an intimate video with the participation of a football player appeared on the Internet. In November, Russia drew with Moldova (0: 0) in a friendly match and lost to Turkey (2: 3) and Serbia (0: 5), finishing second in the group stage of the League of Nations.

In addition, the national team was unable to maintain a place in the second pot in the draw for the qualifying tournament of the 2022 World Cup. In the qualifying tournament for the 2022 World Cup, Russia will play in the same group with Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.

(Konstantin Alekseev, Vyacheslav Korotkin)

Full interview with Cherchesov - on the website "SE"