Dzyuba defends Russia style

16 June 2021 02:37:52 GMTPlus10

Russia captain Artem Dzyuba believes his side are capable of more than merely playing "long balls" in their Euro 2020 opener against Belgium.

Russia can be backed at 3.80 to beat Belgium, who are 2.05 to win with the draw 3.30 at Euro 2020.

The last major international tournament - the 2018 World Cup - was hosted by Russia three years ago with Stanislav Cherchesov's men defying expectations to reach the quarter-finals, in which they lost to Croatia on penalties.

The hosts had knocked out Spain in the previous round after finishing second in Group A and they will once again have an element of home advantage at this summer's European Championship, playing their first two matches in Saint Petersburg.

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Striker Dzyuba managed three goals at the last World Cup and will once again be crucial to his nation's chances in this month's tournament.

And although the forward is a danger in the air and towering physical presence, he insists his team are also capable of keeping the ball and wants them to do more than just play long balls against the Belgians.

Russia will also play debutants in Saint Petersburg before facing Denmark in Copenhagen.

Speaking at Friday's press conference, Dzyuba said: "I don't want to fight with Belgium, I'd rather play football.

"We don't only play long balls, we have several options - we act based on the situation, we can go high, we can keep it on the ground.

"I understand perfectly what's required of me. We have experience, we've analysed all our matches."

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