Vyacheslav Malafeev has hailed head coach Dick Advocaat for his role in Russia’s successful Euro 2012 campaign so far.
The Russians beat Czech Republic 4-1 in their Group A opener, before recording a hard-fought 1-1 draw against co-hosts Poland, and goalkeeper Malafeev had nothing but praise for the Dutchman.
“I think Advocaat has a lot of qualities, and he shows them at the right moments and therefore gets results,” he told reporters.
“I think he really knows what he is doing; he has a lot of experience, and he knows every player that’s available to him. He has faith in his players, as he always tells us.
“When he was coaching Zenit, we played against various teams in the Russian league, so he knows all the players well. He never had any problems adapting to players or managing them.
“He then created a certain playing strategy which we’ve been using for the past two years, and which we try to better with each game.”
Russia sit top of Group A with four points from two games.
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