Last season, FC Krasnodar defeated Spartak Moscow by a score of 4-0 at home. Earlier today they finished the game with the same exact scoreline. Former Spartak striker Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira (Ari for short) scored a hat trick last season and scored one while assisting another today. It should be safe to say that his former employers are regretting letting him go in 2013.
FC Krasnodar played the game while oozing with confidence. They had not won a game yet this season while their opponents were a perfect 2-for-2. Both played in a 4-3-3 where passing and wing play were the main attraction. Krasnodar played with a faster pace and moved the ball around more efficiently in the final third. Spartak Moscow seemed shocked at how Krasnodar kept pressing.
What the losing side needs to realize is that playing for the counter or lazily passing the ball around on the opposing end is not going to win games. Losing Tino Costa and Artem Dzyuba early on due to injury only made matters worse. Those two are more of the clutch players available in the starting XI as plays ran through them quite a bit. Losing them just took away more confidence which is something they did not have much of.
Krasnodar is a team that took part in last season’s Europa League and will take part in this season’s edition as well. They now have five points after two draws and a single win earned today in the Russian Premier League. With Ari leading the way up front and a formidable midfield and defense behind him, this team can go even further into the European competition and finish high up in the league standings.
As for Spartak Moscow, they need to find the same confidence they had during their 4-0 win over Rubin Kazan and 2-1 win over Dynamo Moscow. Losing to the likes of FC Krasnodar is not only embarrassing; it is borderline unacceptable. They need to stick to the 4-3-3 formation and take Murat Yakin‘s tactics much more seriously during every game.