Russian Football Coach: We All Said It Together - We Are S**t
- The Moscow Times
- Jul. 08 2016 17:17
- Last edited 17:17
The former coach of RussiaТs national football team has revealed the painful discussions that took place following the teamТs dismal performance at the 2016 UEFA European Championships last month.
Russia was eliminated from the tournament in France without winning a match, prompting coach Leonid Slutsky to resign.
Slutsky revealed in an interview with the Sports.ru website published Friday how the night after the teamТs final game, a 3-0 loss to Wales, a group of players came to his hotel room and discussed the teamТs failings until 9 a.m.
УThe players and I very frankly evaluated our level and we all said it together: weТre s**tФ, he said.
УWe need to accept this fact. Like alcoholics have to say СYes, I am an alcoholic,Т ItТs an absolutely necessary part of the recovery,Ф Slutsky said.
УUnfortunately, not all the players have recognized this and I think itТs important. It allows you to move forward, however slowly.Ф
A petition on the site change.org calling for the entire Russian team to be replaced had on Friday attracted over 300,000 signatures.