Russia geared up for Slovakia clash amid security issues

Coach Leonid Slutsky and striker Artem Dzyuba fulfilled their media duties ahead of the team's second game in Group B.

Russia geared up for Slovakia clash amid security issues
Artem Dzyuba (left) and Leonid Slutsky (right) during the press conference. l Photo: Mirror

Amid the news regarding fights and brawls between Russia fans and England fans which occurred last Saturday, as well as the regular fights against local police, Leonid Slutsky and Artem Dzyuba tried to shake this news from their shoulders and focus on the team's next fixture against Slovakia

While Russia snatched a point against England last weekend, Slovakia started with a loss against Wales, making this game already a decisive one for either side. 

Here's what the coach and striker had to say as they held the traditional press conference prior to their second fixture in Group B.

Leonid Slutsky 

“We ask all Russian fans to behave correctly, to not break rules at stadiums and public places.”

The CSKA Moscow and Russia coach Slutsky started his media duties by urging their fans to keep quiet and stick to the norms, in order to avoid an expulsion of their nation from this tournament

As per the match itself, Slutsky was rarely asked about their preparations and when asked, he just replied that they've been preparing normally and are striving to take maximum points from this fixture. 

Leonid Slutsky with a word of advice to the Russian fans l Photo: Mirror.co.uk
Leonid Slutsky with a word of advice to the Russian fans. l Photo: Mirror

Artem Dzyuba 

Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba was not asked a lot about the match either, as he joined his counterpart Slutsky in warning the Russian fans to stay quiet and avoid the fights. 

Meanwhile, regarding tomorrow's match, Dzyuba was quite relaxed and he explained how they've analysed their match against England in order to avoid repeating the same errors they committed against the Three Lions. 

Dzyuba was one of Russia's best players in their first outing and will be striving to repeat the same performance, but this time around adding a goal. 

Artem Dzyuba joined his coach in advising the Russian fans l Photo: Mirror.co.uk
Artem Dzyuba joined his coach in advising the Russian fans. l Photo: Mirror