August was a very good month for Zenit St. Petersburg. A strong start to the season, and some fantastic transfers. This month we had 6 Russian Premier League Games.
Our first game was against Krasnodar. They never really threatened our hold on the game and I couldn't have hoped for a better start to the season. We started the game off with a head ball goal from vice captain Bruno Alves in the 20th minute. We scored again in the 36th minute with Vladamir Byrstov. They pulled one back in the 50th minute, but 2 goals from Alexandr Kerzhakov in the 79th and 89th minute finished the game off for us.
The next game was against Amkar. The spectators witnessed a dull game, with only one goal, that coming from a powerful Alexandr Kerzhakov strike in the 26th minute. This gave us 1st place in the league.
The third game this month was a fixture against Tom, a side recently promoted. Another easy game for us, at a very relaxed tempo that allowed for complete dominance. Another Kerzhakov goal in the 12th minute gave us an early lead, while a Shirokov penalty doubled that lead in the 59th minute. Danny put one past the keeper just 8 minutes later, with a good bit of skill outside the box before hitting the ball into the upper corner of the net. Axel Witsel would then finish the game in the 81st minute with a calm finish in the 81st minute.
Our 4th match this month was a huge fixture against Russian rivals Rubin Kazan, who ousted up 4-2 in the Russian Super Cup. We went out onto the pitch energized and excited and it payed off 2 minutes into stoppage time (1st half) when Alexandr Kerzhakov slotted it past the keeper on a breakaway. The game was later to be put in the books when Vladimir Bystrov lost his marker and sealed Rubin's fate by beating the keeper. A huge game for us continued our unbeaten run of form in the Russian League.
Our 5th game this month was a disappointing fixture against perennial title contenders Anji.We just did not click this game, and that was evident in the 33rd minute expensive striker Samuel Eto fired the ball past our keeper. Eto would score again in the 49th minute, and would complete his hat trick in the 51st minute. Alexandr Kerzhakov would score a consolation goal, but that's all that would amount too. We still retained the top spot in Russia though.
Our last game this month was against Sibir. We redeemed ourselves today with a fabulous showing here against this last place squad. Our first goal was from Alexandr Kerzhakov in the 2nd minute. New signing Bruno Ecuele Manga would score his first competitive goal for the club in the 8th minute. The last goal of the game came just 2 minutes later, with Axel Witsel powering the ball past the keeper.
We made three signings this month.
The first was Diego Rocha, a Brazilian Striker that I grabbed on a free. The Striker was willing to come on very little wages and will be a backup while he starts to fulfill his potential. Hopwfully him and new Brazilian Wellington Nem can form a great partnership.
The next signing was the 28 year old Mexican Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The Mexican came for 7 million pounds and will be first choice from here on out. Considering Goalies peak when they are older, this is a great signing. The board arranged this transfer for me.
The third signing was youngster Will Hughes from Derby. The Attacking Mid may be my best signing this month. The young Englishman provides exceptional skills on and off the ball, but struggled at Derby. I believe that here he will become a star. The first step for him though was to move back to England and West Brom for a year on loan. He will benefit from first team play there.
Here is an overview of all my signings this window. (Sorry Guys, before I said the I bought Nem for 11 mil when In actually it was 12.5 million pounds.
Here is the league table through 7 games. We are still in 1st place on Goal Differential over surprise contenders Kuban.
Our Player Of the Month is........
Alexandr Kerzhakov. The Russian striker pocketed 7 goals this month, In only 6 fixtures. He also had 2 assists, a total of 9 Goals Created in only 6 matches.