Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov laments harsh end to World Cup dream

Elias Hubbard
July 9, 2018

Russia's national football team has managed to overcome public skepticism during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia's head coach Stanislav Cherchesov told reporters on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Russian football fans saluted their team after the underdog host side lost on penalties to Croatia, bringing an end to their World Cup challenge at the quarterfinals.

Russian Federation will take on Croatia in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

"Our prime minister (Dmitry Medvedev) was in our changing room". "He called me after the game as well, congratulated me on the good game, on our good performance..."

"Very soon, after the World Cup is over, we will gather together with all those who deals with physical culture and all those who was engaged in the construction and the operation of these sports facilities and the sports infrastructure as a whole and draw up a plan of using the sports, engineering and transport infrastructure that has been built to develop physical culture in the country".

"We're entering with our eyes wide open, but peace is always worth the effort", Huntsman said. I told him we are disappointed.

'It is a good story to remind us of our game against Spain, for our country it is great step forward.

They've experienced the elation and the despair of penalties at this #WorldCup, but #RUS have had a fantastic tournament!

"Let's not be happy with what we have achieved and go ahead". You say people are euphoric but we are not the people who should be euphoric, that is for you journalists.

Putin attended the team's World Cup opening win against Saudi Arabia and although he has not been present at their other matches he has been keeping in touch with Cherchesov.

He added: "You may be surprised but I try to get as much information as possible in football".

The World Cup in Russian Federation has already chalked up 146 goals scored in all of the previous 56 matches (2.61 per match on the average), with the Belgian team scoring the most so far - 12 goals in four games. They are still great guys for us, they are heroes. A huge thank you to them for this tournament.

"We said we can only prove our worth by working hard - I believe not only did people start to trust us, but the entire country of Russian Federation is in love with us, they know what the national team is worth".

"People didn't only start trusting, but loving us. They were dying on the pitch, we are proud with them", Peskov was quoted by Interfax as saying.

Wages in Russia have fallen for four consecutive years as the Russian economy reeled from a crash in oil prices in 2014, along with global sanctions imposed over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "We hope we turned the situation around for the better".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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