Arshavin returned to St. Petersburg, Zenit presented Marchisio. As it was – 1xSport
Arshavin returned to St. Petersburg, Zenit presented Marchisio. As it was

Arshavin returned to St. Petersburg, Zenit presented Marchisio. As it was

Sergey Semak and Claudio Marchisio

"Zenit" friendly match with another participant of the Europa League season-2018/19 "Kairat" became an unexpected but pleasant bonus for St. Petersburg. The northern capital has got an opportunity to see again with the most favorite player-Andrey Arshavin. In addition, the fans of blue-white-blue were waiting for a meeting with the star newcomer of the team, ex-midfielder "Juventus" Claudio Marchisio.

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Games like this prove the coolness of the new Zenit arena. The usual sparring gathered almost twice as many spectators as the match could be on the old "Petrovsky" – 40 122 spectators! Before the game, the head coach of the St. Petersburg team Sergei Semak went on the pitch with Marzikio and handed the Italian newcomer a T-shirt with the tenth number. Petersburg met Italian ovation. Claudio Pochekanil balls with his autographs, and then sent them to the stands. Before that, the midfielder spoke to the stadium's business club with journalists, telling him why he had chosen "ten".

"This is an important number for me," confessed Marchisio. -I treat him with great respect. I know that Andrey Arshavin played under the "Top Ten". But this is my favorite number since I was a kid. After all, it was also performed by Alessandro Del Piero.

— What are your first impressions of St. Petersburg? -I have already managed to see a little city, and most importantly saw the base of "zenith". I really like it. Impressions are the most positive. Now I want to get to know better with the coach and new partners.

— Do you remember how you played against Zenit in the Champions League 10 years ago? Yes, I remember that match. It was difficult for Juventus. Then we played in another arena. Now we will perform at the amazing new stadium, one of the best in Europe and the world. I am pleased that now I am on the other side-in the T-shirt "Zenit".

What did you talk about with Semakom this morning? "We talked to him, he gave directions to today's game. Besides, I have to get a quick form for further performances for Zenit.

-Have you learned any Russian words? "I'm afraid to say it wrong, but I think it sounds like this:" Come on, Zenit. " Am I wrong?

Arshavin, of course, also met Ovation. Moreover, at the end of the first half, the Zenit fan sector became the singing name of the St. Petersburg club legend. Andrey as always played the role of a free artist, being on the position of the second forward. Arshavin tried hard to show himself in his hometown. It is clear that it is difficult for him to move and work on jerks, but individual skill is not a thing. He manages the ball as few people, so in 37 years deserves the title of the best player of the championship of Kazakhstan. However, "Zenit" Arshavin did not upset, although he had a good moment in the second half. On the 87-th minute it was replaced. applauded even Semak.

The composition of Zenit was, for obvious reasons, far from optimal. Andrey Lunev, Igor Smolnikov, Elmir Nabiullin, Daler Kuziaev, Alexander Erokhin, Artem Dzyuba, Anton Zabolotny (All-Russia), Luis Nope (Portugal), Micah Mevlja (Slovenia), Leandro Paredes (Argentina) and Robert Mack (Slovakia) left for the national teams. In addition, Emanuel Mammana, Yuri Zhirkov, Christian Noboa, Oleg Shatov and Alexander Cocorina continue to recover from injuries.

The place in the gates of blue-white-blue, first played in purple T-shirts, was taken by Yuri Lodygin. The quartet of defenders was composed by Alexander Anyukov, Branislav Ivanovich, Ilya Skrobotov and Evgeny Chernov. Denis Terentyev, Matthias Kranevitter, Hernani, Magomed Ozdoev and Dmitry Pletnjov acted in midfield, and Sebastian Driussi in the attack. In the second half Semak released goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov and a group of young players from the farm club.

The game for the friendly match was quite lively. Driussi, whose trauma earned in the "derby of the two capitals" with Spartak, was not serious, scored the winning goal, succeeding in Asst after the impact of Chernov. In the ending Argentinian gave way to the field Marchisio: The new Zenitovskaja "Ten" got 10 minutes. Claudio joined the game with a huge desire. A couple of times quite hard fouled, demonstrating that with motivation and mood he's all right. The Italian should show his ability to play the game already in the nearest matches of RPL and the Europa League.

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