Outsiders Championship

A third of the championship has passed in the new conditions of isolation of domestic football. The main thing that caught my eye: the standings turned upside down. Not in terms of changing the places that the teams occupy, there are just no sensations here, but in terms of spectacular matches and intrigue.

By and large, Zenit killed the spectacle and the main intrigue when they spent a lot of money on legionnaires, as if preparing for the Champions League, and there is hardly at least one football-watching person who now doubts who will receive gold medals in the spring. It is not prohibited by any rules, but there is little normal in this, because top clubs have practically no other intrigues.

So we have, of course, not the first year, but earlier there were teams that fought for places in European competitions. Now there are no European cups, and as for the medals, Stanislav Cherchesov once said correctly – there is only the first place. Indeed, European cups were a window to Europe, and medals, rather, for fans of statistics and football reference books.

Therefore, the match between Zenit and Dynamo was not impressive at all. Many noted that the Muscovites did not show football, but in reality, the guests from St. Petersburg did not show it either. The players had no motivation, no one’s eyes burned, because the match decided absolutely nothing.

Many are dissatisfied with the fact that Jokanovic released unprepared newcomers on the field, and Matthias Normann especially got it, who brought the first and decisive goal. However, the coach can be understood – he will be integrated into the line-up of new players during the first round, some of whom not only did not pass the training camp with Dynamo, but did not pass them at all. He can’t fight for the championship or European cups, that’s why he solves his tasks of building a team, which Dynamo takes very seriously.

On Saturday, Torpedo and CSKA also played. The car factory had its first match at Luzhniki, which became their home stadium, but not only this gave the team super motivation. If the RPL newcomers lost to the army team, then they could already begin to see them off to the first league or, at best, to the play-offs, since the gap from the saving twelfth place would already be eight points. In terms of intensity and emotions, it was probably one of the best matches in ten rounds.

To be honest, I have not seen the legendary game of Zenit with Orenburg and the score 8:0, but in Nizhny Novgorod, Marcel Lichka’s wards played very decently. Especially against the background of the fact that CSKA and Dynamo showed in the games against Pari NN. The game in St. Petersburg was called by evil tongues the “Gazprom League”, when everything is clear even before the match. However, I think that Orenburg did not need this match at all, it is not sprayed and is preparing for matches with direct competitors in order to maintain a place in the RPL. Now the team is in ninth place, that is, above many.

After the match with Akhmat, even Valery Karpin, who is second with Rostov, said that he needed to score another 12-13 points in order not to get into the zone of play-offs. I would not consider this statement a joke or light trolling. This is a kind of motivation for the team, since the only intrigue in the RPL now is to determine those outsiders who will leave it. That’s where a serious cut is planned with the participation of some recent tops.

Therefore, from the point of view of motivation and emotions, the games with the participation of outsiders will be the most spectacular. And we will have to get used to it.

The leaders may prioritize the FONBET Cup of Russia – the cup is now held according to a new formula, so interesting events are expected there in the spring, and fans will not need a fan-ID until the final.

Source: Sovsport

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