Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has hailed his players for overcoming the pressure of playing the opening game of a FIFA World Cup by thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Cherchesov however pointed out that it will be a different game against Egypt on Tuesday.
“I would like to underscore that we are grateful to our squad with how they fulfilled our goals, how they played in a relaxed game under the pressure stemming from this being an Opening Match. But Egypt will be a different game, city and stadium, We need to meticulously prepare ourselves,” he said.
Sometimes it’s a source of joy for the fans, sometimes less so. However, we are honest in what we are doing.
“I was relaxed yesterday and I’m relaxed today because I know my players. It is a pleasure to work with them. Every coach depends on the players, this is why I am relaxed.”