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Friday 23 February 2018

Russians keen to avoid 'doing a Barcelona' on Tallaght visit

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Rubin Kazan coach Kurban Berdyev was in subdued form as he arrived in Tallaght Stadium last night, keeping words to a minimum ahead of his team's showdown with Shamrock Rovers.

Berdyev -- who has been in charge since 2001 -- is under pressure, with his club dropping to seventh place in the league after a defeat to Krasnodar at the weekend. That said, they are only eight points off top spot and one behind Aiden McGeady's Spartak Moscow.

The Rubin camp were keen to stress their respect for Rovers, although Berdyev reached for the common platitudes about togetherness and fighting spirit when assessing their hosts. "We don't know about individuals," he said. "The information we have is that it's a team that knows how to play together. The coach has done very well with them. We have watched their games on video."

Rubin skipper Christian Noboa, an Ecuadorian international, says that the visitors will be respectful of Rovers. They know what can happen when you underestimate lower-ranked opposition.

Rubin secured a famous victory at the Nou Camp against Barcelona two years ago, with seven of the starting XI from that game here in Dublin. "I don't know about Ireland too much," said the 26-year-old.

"But we learned the lesson when Barcelona played Rubin Kazan. They never listened about us, and we won, so we have to be careful."

Irish Independent

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