KAZAN, 6 May. / Corr. Rustam Kilsinbaev. In the current composition of the Russian national football team there are no players at the level of Alexander Mostovoy and Valery Karpin. This opinion in an interview with a TASS correspondent at the World Cup Park site – 2018 in Kazan, shared the former defender of the Spanish national football team and Madrid "Real Madrid" Michel Salgado.
In the late 90’s Salgado was a team-mate of Mostovoy and Karpin in the Spanish "Celta". In 1999 he moved to Madrid "Real", with which four times won the championship of Spain and twice – the Champions League.
"When I was a child, I watched the 1982 World Cup. Of course, my first idol in Soviet football is Lev Yashin, then it was Oleg Blokhin, then Rinat Dasayev and all these legends that played at that time. Russian football, I associate with those players who played simultaneously with me – it’s Mostovoi, Karpin and a number of others", – said Salgado. He added that he "It is difficult to recognize the players of the current Russian national team".
"Unfortunately, if earlier there were 10-15 Russian players – the stars who performed in European leagues, now the Russian influence on European football has significantly decreased", – he said, noting that the last prominent Russian football player was Andrei Arshavin during his speech in London "Arsenal".
Speaking about the chances of the Russian team at the World Championships, Salgado found it difficult to make any predictions, as the players of the team do not have experience of performing in the leading European leagues. "In addition, the Russian team came to the World Cup as a team of the host country, and we did not see it in qualifying matches", – said the former Spanish football player.
Russian national team has a difficult group
Salgado notes that the Russian national team caught quite strong rivals in the group at the World Championships. "I think that in the group stage it will be rather difficult, because Russia will meet with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. I can say that the Egyptian team is a good enough team, and the Uruguayan team is also quite good at playing football", – he concluded.
The Football World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities. Kazan will host six games. In the group stage, the matches will be held here: France – Australia (June 16), Iran – Spain (June 20), Poland – Colombia (June 24) and South Korea – Germany (June 27), June 30, July 6 – quarterfinal.