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16. 2. 2017 | 07:56 back to news

It is going to be one special match for Sparta right back, Vyacheslav Karavaev. Russian U-21 national team player stands against Rostov tonight as a player of their Czech opponents, Sparta Prague.

It is a funny coincidence, that Olimp-2, Rostov stadium, is where Karavaev made his professional debut for CSKA Moscow back in 2014, playing the last fifteen minutes of the match. Now he’s coming back, wearing a different kit.

“Of course it is a special match for me. I am a Russian, but I fight for Sparta now and I want to win every match with my team,” Karavaev said at a pre-match conference in Rostov on Wednesday.

Since departing CSKA on a permanent transfer to Sparta, Karavaev has been a topic in Russia, having been one of the highest rated defenders in the Czech top division, earning success in the Europa League with Sparta this season.

“I focus only on Sparta right now. Returning back to Russia one day is not a topic for me at the moment,” Karavaev answered on one of Russian journalist’s question on Vyacheslav’s possible return to a Russian club in the future.

Apart from that, Karavaev now focuses only on the upcoming Europa League match and has a lot of respect for the home side.

“They earned respect with their second spot in the league table last season, also with advancing to the Champions League group stage. We know about their strengths, but our goal is to win here and show that we’re better,” Karavaev said.

“For sure it is going to be a tough one, I expect the home team to play some quick football. Our task will be to make it as much difficult as possible for them and show our own qualities,” the Russian added.


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