July 2013 Results
Although July is a short month, it is key in setting up the rest of the season. Picking up the points against the bigger teams is vital, and with no cup games yet, everyone is focusing on the league..
Rubin Kazan 1-0 Volga NN - RPL - 22.07.13
Rubin Starting XI – Ryzhikov, Cadu, Navas, Marcano, Ansaldi, Natkho, Ururu, Ryazantsev, Fierro, Destro, Portnyagin SUBS – Arlauskis, Tore, Orbaiz, Eremenko, M'Vila, Forlan, Rondon
Carlos Fierro (53)
Cristian Ansaldi (64)
Cesar Navas 8.3 (Rubin)
A game in which he dominated with possession, but just couldn't put all the chances away. A nice, simple start to the season, which can set a good boundary for us for the near future. Good to see no injuries yet, giving us a good chance in any cups coming up.
CSKA Moscow 2-2 Rubin Kazan - RPL - 27.07.13
Rubin Starting XI – Ryzhikov, Cadu, Navas, Marcano, Ansaldi, M'Vila, Ryazantsev, Ururu, Natkho, Dyadyun, Rondon SUBS – Arlauskis, Tore, Orbaiz, Eremenko, Forlan, Destro, Fierro
Salomon Rondon (1) Vladimir Dyadyun (21)
Yann M'Vila 8.7 (Rubin)
A game I didn't expect to win, with the team still bonding and getting used to playing with each other. A great start set us up nicely, but it was a shame to concede two goals in the last twenty minutes. Nevertheless, a point I will certainly take.
Player of the Month
The decision for player of the month was a tough one this time. With only two games to separate one player from the rest, one final decision could not be made. Instead, two players have been worthy of becoming the players of the month: Cesar Navas
and Cristian Ansaldi
A short month, but a draw against a team like Moscow could become vital later on in the season. The first game wasn't great, but we picked up the three points and that's what matters most. The team have welcomed a lot of new players so it will take time to find who plays best where, and for the players to gel, so I wasn't expecting great games for now. The draw against CSKA Moscow was a great game, and the team were unlucky to concede the late goal. I'm sure it won't harm the players at all, and may even boost the chemistry. A good month and a good start to the season.
A good start to the season. Our goal difference isn't too good, but that can change easily overtime with my attacking force, and 4th is a good place to show we are up for it and in contention early, especially having played one of the best teams already.