A very good month for us, the unbeaten run continues and Zenit are cruising. We also made a signing this month, one for the future. This month we had 5 matches, 4 Russian Premier League Match and a Champions League Match.
Our first match this month was against Sibir in the Russian Premier League. It was tied going into half time and I told the team to play more attacking and it payed off in the 47th minute Hulk scored a blistering shot from outside the box. We would double our lead in the 61st minute when hulk scored a tap in off a cross from Axel Witsel. The game would produce more chances but no more goals were put past either keeper and the game would end 2-0 in our favor.
Our 2nd game this month was against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League. A bad start for us as in the 7th minute Alexandr Bukharov beat one of our men before scoring a goal on a breakaway. We would respond in the 32nd minute when Hulk ripped the ball past their keeper from a tight angle. Alexandr Kerzhakov would give us in the 37th minute when he chipped the ball past their keeper. They looked to tie the game up in the 86th minute but their goal was disallowed and the game would end 2-1 in our favor, a immense result in the league.
Our 3rd game this month was against FC Porto away in the Champions League, the biggest game of my managerial career so far. I told the team to play a counter attacking game. FC Porto were having none of it though and easily scored a Jose Sosa head ball goal in the 24th minute. We were down 1-0 at half time when I told the team to change their mentality and play attacking. Then this .
"It's Kerzhakov in the corner, beats a man, ball crossed to the middle for Axel Witsel, shot, past the keeper. GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL."
Axel Witsel smashed the ball past the goalkeeper. The stadium was completely quiet. The next 25 minutes zipped by and the fans and players looked equally stunned as we pulled a huge upset out of our hats to secure a quarter final appearance.
The Champions League draw was tough but I believe maybe we have a chance to move on. We drew OM, Chelsea Killers, for the quarter finals. The winner of that game will play either Real Madrid or Bayern in the semis.
Our 4th game this month was a lackluster game against Kuban. We conceded first in the 47th minute by a goal from Bulgarian Captin Ivelin Popov. In the 90th minute, It looked like our unbeaten run would finally come to an end, but It was not to be as Alxandr Kerzhakov received the ball in Overload strategy and tipped the ball past the keeper.
Our last game this month was against Terek in the Russian Premier League. It was a comfortable game for our side and right away in the 10th minute, Hulk smashed the ball past the keeper from a tight angle. We would double our lead in the 84th minute when Center Back Bruno Ecuele Manga smashed another head ball into the side netting off a corner kick. That's Manga's 3rd goal of the season at CB.
Here is the league table through 24 games. We are in first place with a 8 point advantage over second place Anji who have a game in hand.
We made 1 signing this month, a youngster for the future.
Thet youngeter was Marco Tulio, a Brazilian CB. This guy is exceptionally good and has incredible heading, tackling, determination, and composure. The Brazilian looks like he could be one of the best CB's in the world in 8 years. He didn't come cheap, commanding a transfer fee of 2.6 million pounds, but in my mind it was definitely worth it. He will join in 2016.
Our player of the month is..................
Axel WItsel. The Belgian scored the winning goal against Porto and In my mind, that's all he needed to be the best player this month.