Kononov explained the defeat of Spartak in the Europa League for three reasons
The head coach Moscow «Spartaka» Oleg Kononov commented on the result of the first match of the knockout stages of the Europa League against Portuguese Braga. According to him, the game was equal, but the players did not bring the attack to its logical conclusion and made a lot of mistakes in defense, which led to the defeat.
«Tough match, lost. In General, the game in some degree were equal. <…> As for the defense, in principle, acted strictly except for the time when we scored», — quotes the coach of «Match TV».
As noted by Kononov, the loss in the game against Braga happened for three reasons. First, because of the hard game against CSKA in the championship, which was held on Monday evening, August 19. He also mentioned the long hours flight to Portugal and very different from the Moscow climatic conditions.
«Of course, is not easy. But, if you noticed, we conceded, when pressed on the opposition. So, there is power. But Braga was on the day of restoration more, this is important», — concluded the coach of «Spartak».
The match between Braga and Spartak held on the evening of August 22. The meeting ended with a victory of owners — 1:0. The only goal of the game scored by striker Ricardo Horta, who distinguished themselves in the 74th minute. The return game will take place in Moscow on August 29. The winner of the two-legged tie will take part in the group stage of the Europa League.