Zenit head coach Sergei Semak after a friendly match with Al-Uwaynah from Qatar (10:0) commented on the situation with forward Alexander Kokorin. And on January 21, Sochi announced that the Russian striker would spend the end of the season in the team on loan. We remind you that Kokorin played in the match with Al-Uwaynakh in the captain's armband and he has a hat-trick on his account.
“Of course, he was upset by today's news, I talked to him. The fact that he came out to play today is the confidence of the coach. My attitude towards him has not changed. He is the player who can strengthen our team, the player we need. He proves it in every training session and proved it in today's match. The fact that today he entered the field with the captain's armband is the confidence of the team, first of all. The guys wanted to support Alexander, and I am glad and proud of my team that they are with Sasha, we are all together with Sasha. And then we will do what we have to do.
Of course, it was unpleasant for him - and not only him - to hear the information that appeared today, but we all have to do what we do. As for his future here, I don't make decisions about that, much to my regret. How the situation will develop is difficult to say.”- said Semak, according to information on the official website of "Zenith".