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Russia News: Kutepov wants dream to continue

1 year ago

In the latest Russia news, defender Ilya Kutepov admits Croatia will be a tough nut to crack but does not want his nation’s World Cup journey to end in the quarter-finals.

The sides will square off in Sochi on Saturday evening for the right to face either England or Sweden in the semi-finals.

The tournament hosts have punched above their weight to reach the last eight, employing negative tactics to thwart Spain before knocking them out on penalties in the last 16 of the tournament.

Many pundits feel Croatia will prove to be a match too far for a side not even fancied to make it out of the group before a ball had been kicked in anger this summer.

However, Kutepov does not see it that way and wants the experience to carry on for as long as possible.

“We will not stop here, we have more things to accomplish,” he said. “We want to go as far as we can. I would even say that the more you get, the more you want. So every time you want more and more.”

Russia are priced at 29/10 to win the match with Ladbrokes, while Croatia are the 11/10 favourites, and it has the makings of a tight encounter at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

It has been an incredible run for Stanislav Cherchesov’s team to date and Kutepov sees no reason why they should not keep it up.

“When we were playing in the group stage we thought it was good to get the first win, then the second, too, and we achieved our one goal of progressing,” he added.

“Then we started to want more and more. Spain would be tough but we wanted to go further. We beat Spain. Croatia will be tough but again we want to go further.”