Spalletti: We can qualify

Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti is confident his side will progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League after Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Last Updated: 27/11/13 at 18:53 Post Comment

Luciano Spalletti: Feels there is more to come from his side

Luciano Spalletti: Feels there is more to come from his side

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The Russian team required a late own goal from Toby Alderweireld to earn a point in the Group G encounter, the Belgian's bizarre defensive header looping over Thibaut Courtois as he attempted to clear a cross by Igor Smolnikov.

Zenit enjoyed a strong start to the season, winning 12 of their first 16 games in all competitions, but have since suffered a dip in form. They have scored only five goals in their last six games, resulting in three draws and three defeats.

"We're lacking goals scored right now," Spalletti told the club's website. "We're operating below our capabilities in this department.

"I think that in order to make more of our chances, we need to calm down and approach the final stages of the attack more coolly."

Spalletti's side visit bottom-placed Austria Vienna in their final pool match as they continue their tussle with Porto to clinch second place behind Atletico.

Zenit head into the final round of matches a point better off than their Portuguese rivals, and the Italian believes his team are in pole position with Porto due to visit the Vicente Calderon.

"We can advance from our group because it will be difficult for Porto to win in Madrid," he said. "Atletico are very strong. At home, they can beat the Portuguese."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Jose Mourinho confirms Eden Hazard's Chelsea contract talks ongoing

Jose Mourinho is confident Eden Hazard will commit his future to Chelsea, with talks ongoing over a contract extension.

Daley Blind backs Louis van Gaal's brutally honest approach at Manchester United

Daley Blind says Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's brutally honest manner is good for team-building.

Premier League: Manchester United winger Angel di Maria delighted with Old Trafford bow

Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was delighted with his Old Trafford debut after the 4-0 win over QPR.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property