FC Anji captain Pavel Yakovlev gave an interview to club’s press-service before the match against Rostov.
Before the start of the season you were chosen team’s captain. In your case – it’s high reliability or more it was more pleasure to get captain’s armband?
Of course - high reliability. It was pleasant to become a captain, but I have to prove my rank on the pitch and out of it. Hope, I will meet coaches’ and player’s expectations.
Have you got captain’s armband before?
Yes, in Russia U-21 national team
In first three games FC Anji won only once. Was there any opportunity to get more points?
We seemed with good grace in all matches. It is very important to earn points with any team, but unfortunately we earned points only at home match against FC Amkar. We could gain one point against FC Lokomotiv, but it is football, it is not necessary to look back, but only go north. We have very important match against FC Rostov and the team will make the best to earn the points.
- Current team is stronger than the last season’s one? If yes - in which case?
It is stronger in motivation and in that we are unified whole on the pitch, all players want to gain a maximum result
Do you have sufficient information about FC Rostov?
For sure, coaching staff has full information, but and guys know that it is tenacious team, which plays compact in defense. We expect a hard match.
Is it easier for FC Anji to play in attack or it is more comfortable to play defense first?
We try to play actively in attack and strict in defense, in this sense we have a balance in the game, but to win we have to work hard in attack. All the matches are hard and hold differently for us. It is for sure depends from competitor.
Do the amount of spectators on stadium make you excited?
It makes excited any player. Thanks to our fans for their support even when we have away matches. Great respect to FC Anji fans.
Have you already understood the difference and mentality of Dagestan supporters?
Yes of course, it is glaringly obvious. People visit the stadium, and the main for them is that team fights on the pitch and everybody makes his best. Then they will provide support even when the team loses during the match.