Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Schalke

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 4 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Kazan: Moscow move helps Blues

Rubin Kazan coach Kurban Berdyev admits moving their Europa League quarter-final with Chelsea to Moscow will help the Blues.

Last Updated: 12/04/13 at 06:49 Post Comment

Kurban Berdyev: Moscow move will help Blues

Kurban Berdyev: Moscow move will help Blues

Kazan, 500 miles to the east of Moscow, is still in the grip of the Russian winter so the match has had to be moved to the capital's Luzhniki Stadium, which has an artificial pitch.

And Kazan coach Berdyev admits the switch to Moscow has lowered their chances of upsetting the European champions.

"We think if we had played in Kazan, at first we'd have a full stadium with fans to support us and of course we'd have more chance to beat Chelsea," he said.

"We're feeling comfortable playing here and we hope that our fans from Kazan will come to support us.

"We hope the fans of Moscow will come together to support us."

The hosts will have it all to do as they trail 3-1 from the first leg, but right-back Oleg Kuzmin says they go into the match with high hopes.

"In this competition we're representing Rubin, we're representing Russia and we're happy playing here," Kuzmin said.

"We have the chance to fight tomorrow. They won in London because we made two mistakes which cost us two goals.

"We have chances tomorrow to win. We want to fight, we want to do everything well."

All three of Rubin's home group games were played in Kazan and they won all three, including against Inter Milan.

The knockout matches have taken place in Moscow, with a 50 per cent success rate - a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid, which was enough to squeeze through on aggregate, and a 2-0 win over Levante in the last round.

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel recently admitted to struggling for motivation for Thursday night football in the second-tier competition.

And Berdyev insisted Rubin have no such trouble, saying: "I can understand the players of Chelsea. They are the last winners of the Champions League and I can understand that the Europa League is not too significant for them.

"For us, for our players, it's a big interest, a big motivation and we have no problems for these games."

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: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

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