Semin hopeful of Izmailov inclusion
By Steve Luckings. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
By Oleg Mogilevsky
Lokomotiv Moscow boss Yury Semin says he hopes to have Marat Izmailov back for their UEFA Champions League clash against Internazionale.
The in-form midfielder was injured in Lokomotiv's last game against Shinnik Yaroslavl, but Semin said he resumed training on Sunday and should be available for selection.
"Marat Izmailov resumed training on Sunday. We hope he'll be fit by the match day (Tuesday)," Semin told a pre-match press conference.
"He's performing very well lately, so we really need him for the game."
Semin was present at Inter's game on Saturday at Brescia and sounded out the Nerazzurri's key players.
"Having visited the Brescia vs Inter game, I can say that their best players were Matias Almeyda, Marco Materazzi and, of course, Christian Vieri.
"As we have seven quality, skilful defenders, we won't use man marking in the game.
"We have always played well against Italian teams, but often one stupid mistake cost us points.
"So we have to keep our concentration for the whole game.
"Our aim is to have the same morale as in the game against Shinnik last Thursay.
"We need to play in our combination manner, create goal opportunities and score."