Semin: in the play-offs of the Russian national team it is best to meet with North Macedonia
Former Lokomotiv coach Yuri Semin opponent for the Russian national team in the play-off matches of the 2022 World Cup. His words are quoted by “Championship.com”.
“I think each of us will answer that in the play-offs of the Russian national team it is best to meet with North Macedonia,” the specialist said. Semin noted that if you study the position of North Macedonia and any other opponent in the ranking, a fairly clear picture emerges. “A trip to Qatar is at stake, and we want to go there and play at the World Cup,” he said and stressed that the national team will have very important and difficult matches.
Previously, the former head coach of the national team Stanislav Cherchesov named Turkey the most preferred opponent for the national team. In his opinion, the Russians have played with this team most often lately, so they know the capabilities of the Turkish footballers well.
The Russian national team will recognize the opponent from the first round of play-offs on November 26. In addition to North Macedonia and Turkey, teams from Wales, the Czech Republic or Poland can become them. In case of victory in the first match, Valery Karpin's team will need to win one more meeting to reach the World Championship. The play-offs will take place in March 2022.