Russian football club Zenit capable of season 2014/15 to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This opinion in the talk with the journalist expressed the head Coach of the Portuguese «Estoril» Jose Couceiro, RF famous for working with Lokomotiv Moscow.
Tuesday Zenit will start in the tournament with a field of the tournament against Portuguese «Benfica». The upcoming campaign will be for Zenit fifth in the Champions League. Two times blue-white-blue managed to qualify from the group, However, until the quarterfinals, the Team did not reach even once.
«I am confident that out of the group — this is not the limit for Zenit in the Champions League this season,» said 51-year-old.- in my opinion, Zenit able to reach the quarterfinals. In recent years the Team have gained European experience, and its composition every year is becoming stronger. The Coach Andre Villas-Boas.- Approx.) also highly regarded in the European Union. I think that Zenit will play. Together with Benfica, of course».
«Possible success Zenit in the Champions League will not be surprise Or sensation. The team has in mind all know her well. In the European Union was in the habit of that from Russia in the Champions League periodically play Zenit and CSKA,» added Couceiro.
«Benfica and Zenit draws
Speaking about Benfica, the first opponent of «Zenit «in the start of the tournament, Couceiro said that the team was weakened care 2 leading players — defender Ezekiel of Garay, who joined Zenit, and striker Oscar Cardozo, who moved to Trabzonspor.
«of course, the care of such players could not be affected. For this reason, I have to say that last season Benfica was stronger. But despite this, the Lisbon Team remains one of the leading companies in our country. In my opinion, At this point in time «Zenit» stronger «Benfica». But this is just a General pregame hands. Perhaps I’d bet on a draw in this match,» said the Portuguese.
Among the newcomers Benfica in the starting rounds best proven 20-year-old Brazilian striker Taliska fallen into the Lisbon club of Baiji». In the previous match Benfica in the Portuguese League against» Setubal «(5: 0) Taliska scored a hat-trick, for which even drew praise from coach Chelsea josГ© Mourinho.» Taliska is a very interesting player, » said Couceiro.- High, technically… He is still very young. After playing 3 years in the Portuguese League, He will be able to move in a rich European club. In the same Chelsea, for example. Or in the «Zenith «(laughs). In General, the guy has everything to look forward to a great future».
The match Benfica — Zenit will take place on Tuesday, beginning at 22: 45 GMT.
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