Russia national team has hit a new low

Russia national team has hit a new low

Ahead of the World Cup, FIFA has updated national teams ranking thus making Russian fans sad. The national team, hosting Mundial this year has descended to the record low 70th place.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s team had previously shown their negative side before after the seventh match in a row with a victory. The loss in a friendly match with Austria and a draw with the Turks resulted in a degradation to the seventieth position in the national teams’ ranking. Whereas the top seven leaders have not changed. The Germany national team is situated on top, followed by Brazil and Belgium. Portugal and Argentina are also situated on top.

After the last control match, the Russia national defender Ilya Kutepov gave an interview, in which he calmed the fans, tuning them in a positive way. The representative of the problematic zone of Cherchesov’s team claimed,

“I say, calm down, everything will be alright in the tournament. We lost to Austria, but Germany also lost to them. Would you say that Germany are a weak team?”

It is hard to disagree with Ilya Kutepov’s hypothesis. However, in this case one has to shift from theory to practice, which wasn’t on a sufficient level in the last matches. Because of that, Russia haven’t won since last year’s autumn and has set an anti-record.

The Russia national team’s problem is building in the discrepancy of Cherchesov’s expectations and reality. The attempts to graft western tactics of Chelsea with three central defenders, when defending laterals help the three in midfield, do not work. The reason for that lies in insufficient quality of footballers, which play exclusively in domestic championship. Because of constant stagnation, the players do not develop and therefore one should not expect victories in international tournaments.

The national team management and RFS make attempts to patch up the roof of the collapsing house, when they invite foreign specialists or naturalize players. The media win on lifting the patriotic spirit, talking about the exploits of a decade ago. However, one should understand that in Euros 2008, Arshavin, Pavlyuchenko, Zhirkov and others were not forced into hothouse conditions of the RFPL and they were guided by a sporting thirst for self-realization. Therefore, the overall picture is clear – it will be difficult for the Russia national team to leave the group, if not to say “impossible”.