Zenit St. Petersburg will play in the Belgian Liege against the local» standard «in the first match of the knockout stages of the Champions League qualification. The winner of the two-tie will play in the group stage, losing team will go into the group stage of the Europa League. The return match will take place in St. Petersburg on August 26.
Zenit will play in Liege without suspended midfielder Axel Witsel, who started his career as» the Standard». The latest newcomer to the club, the Spaniard Javi Garcia, who previously played for the Manchester city», will Not be able to replace it. Garcia until Not participate in the Champions League.
Vice-Champions of Russia are the favorites in the upcoming series, «standard «Last-time champion of Belgium 5 years ago, And last season ranked second, after which he lost many important players.
Israeli mentor liГЁge club guy Luzon before the game incessantly repeated that his players very little chance to get into the group stage of the Champions League is too strong» Zenit «with its many stars.
«Do not pay attention to compliments rivals,» said the head coach of Zenit Andre Villas-Boas.- And we, And «standard» we wish to reach the group stage of the Champions League. Our team has strengthened this summer, And another result will be perceived negatively».
Luzon Also said that his club will miss the injured defender Ronnie stoma, And difficult to answer, will have the opportunity to do on Wednesday to play midfielder Jeffrey Mujangi Bia.» We need another two or three weeks to become truly competitive. I can get back our injured players will be bought fresh players,» added the expert.
last stage of the Champions League «standard «was the Greek Panathinaikos, winning on the road (2: 1) And draws on his field (0: 0() the Leaders of the Belgian club are Japanese goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, the captain of the defending Player Jelle van Damme And his colleague — Laurent seaman, alone among the players of the «standard» party for the 2014 world Cup from Belgium. In the attack formidable force are the authors of the balls into the goal Panathinaikos, Belgians African descent Paul-josГ© Mpoku And Giannis, Mbombo, And famous for his «Anji» Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez. Equally dangerous in attack a native of Brazil Igor de Camargo, who spent several matches for the national team of Belgium.
«Standard» is Not the best way began the next national championship, where, as in Russia, already played four rounds. If «Zenit» at the start of the championship of Russia defeated all 4 matches with a total goal difference 15-2, «standard» stuck in the middle of the Belgian championship, scored 6 points. And in the last meeting of the «standard» suffered a devastating defeat by Mucrone» with the score 2: 5, we felt the lack stoma, which replaced the 17-year-old Sami Mae.
in 1962, the «standard» played in the semi-finals of the Cup of the European Champions three times reached the 1/4 finals, but in the Last time in 1972. In modern history only once Liege team played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in the 2009-10 season, finishing third after English Arsenal And Greek Olympiakos ahead of AZ from the Netherlands.
Match the «standard» — «Zenit» will be held at the stadium «Maurice Duran», beginning at 22: 45 GMT. The chief justice appointed a Scotsman Craig Thomson.
in the knockout stages of the Champions League qualification will be determined 10 of 32 participants in the group round, the number of which has already become Russian champion CSKA. The draw for the group stage of the Champions League will take place on 28 August in Monte Carlo
- Zenit beat the standard in the first play-off match of the Champions League qualification
- Zenit will play with the standard in the second leg play-off stage of the Champions League
- Villas-Boas: any result, except in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, will be perceived negatively
- Players of Zenit went out in the group stage of the Champions League
- Andre Villas-Boas: Zenit wants to fight strong opponents in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League