The Portuguese tactician expresses his views on the upcoming UEFA Europa League tie against Athletic Bilbao.
Lokomotiv Moscow head coach, Jose Couceiro, has revealed that the upcoming UEFA Europa League tie against Athletic Bilbao will be a difficult European encounter. He added that the Spanish outfit has an advantage over the Moscow-based
club, revealing that the squad is not in the optimal condition since the last two months.
The Portuguese national went on to admit that the Moscow-based club are lacking match practice at the moment and revealed that the Spanish outfit, on the contrary, are playing two matches a week.
“Though we are working hard, staying fit physically, technically and psychologically, but we are lacking match practice. We cannot enter the field with enough confidence as compared to our opposition because for that you need regular
La Liga is in full swing, they play two games a week and this is their advantage." The former Sporting Lisbon caretaker manager was quoted as saying.
Couceiro praised the Lions, revealing that they are having a decent league campaign this term. However, he assured the fans that Lokomotiv will fight till the final whistle of the match and they have a good opportunity at their
hands to claim European recognition by defeating a stern opposition.
The former FC Porto manager went on to lament the injury concerns he is facing at the moment. Victor Obinna, Dmitri Loskov, Yan Tigorev and Vladislav Ignatyev all are in the treatment rooms after sustaining injuries recently.
However, the Lokhi will miss Obinna the most. The former West Ham United player has been in fine European form, bagging one goal himself while setting up 2 goals in 4 European outings.
Couceiro revealed that Jan Durica has returned to full training after sustaining an infection. He admitted that the Serbian national will pass a late fitness test to get himself involved in the upcoming home tie.
Speaking on Taras Burlak and Denis Glushakov, Couceiro revealed that the duo is in decent form and admitted that they both are in contention to start the match against Athletic.