Right on queue, couldn't have timed it any better if I tried, here is Danny's latest interview done just a few mins ago about PSV, the Europa League and his contract.
Danny: «We are only thinking about victory in the Europa Cup»
The Blue-White-Sky Blues captain spoke about PSV, his position on his contract and their preparation to the season.
All about game
— Good morning. There are many fans who are expecting «Zenit» to win the Europa Cup entirely, what do you thin about that?
— We have a good team, good players, we have been here before and we need to do better in the Europa League than we did in the Champions League. We need to win because we have a good quality team and this is a really important tournament for us and we hope to win this cup.
— In the past some of the captains have tried to manage the relationship between the players and the coach. Can you, as captain, help Kerzhakov play a role in the upcoming matches for Zenit?
— We don’t have any problems in the team. Kerzhakov is an amazing player, everybody knows what he can do on the pitch. He scores a lot and of course he is going to help us in this game and the next one because we need all of our players to do the best and he is always training well and he is going to give 100% and help us in this game and all the remaining ones as well.
— Generally you don’t make a lot of time for journalists. What is your presence her associated with, did the coach ask you to be here?
— No, no one said you need to come here. They asked and I said yes. I don’t need to talk all of the time, I need to do my best on the pitch and sometimes I want to talk and sometimes I don’t. For me I don’t feel that comfortable talking all the time, but sometimes we need to and so I came here today and I feel fine.
— PSV — what can you say about them, how ready are you, how much did the training camp help and what do you think about the first game being away?
— No I think it’s good to play the first game away because we can get a good result away and then we will play at home and we have a good chance to continue that success. The team is ready and we have been doing a lot and we try to do everything we can to be ready and I think that everyone is ready physically and mentally and we are ready to prove that «Zenit» is ready to be strong and we are going there to win.
— Do you feel that any of the changes Zenit has made to their playing style have affected your own play?
— I feel confident in this tactic and in the other. My style of play is to take the ball and feed it to the other players, to assist, to move the ball around from side to side. I feel comfortable in this tactic and we are training a lot and we are ready to give our supporters some good games this season. We want to do better.
— Are you worried about the change in weather because you have been training where it’s warm and here it’s pretty cold.
— I think that everyone knows about this weather, we have been living here for at least a few years, I’ve been here for ten and they know what the weather is. We are ready and our first game is away and maybe the weather will be better. But we are ready to be a strong team and with the -5 or lower, we need to be ready.
— Does the situation with your contract influencing you at all?
— I feel good, I talked about this three days ago and I have four more months to play here and I am going to do my best to win the cups that we can win this year and then we will talk to the club and start a conversation. I hope that in a few days we can get the possibility of staying here on the table, but I have four months here to play and enjoy and so I have to give all I can in these four months because this is important for us and the club. I want to do my best..
— For St. Pete fans and for everyone who roots for you the fact that you left the Champions League and the team was a big disappointment since a lot of experts believed that you were good enough to make it to the quarterfinals. Was this a disappointment for the team as well and do you think it’s possible to do as well in the Europa League even if don’t have the same number of international players?
— The team is disappointed, not only our supporters, because we know we are a good team and we have good players. We were in a tough group, but we were better. Sometimes luck was not on our side and we didn’t make it through. But we are really angry and we want to win the Europa League as a gift to our club and our supporters and we need to win this cup since we are a good team with great players. We need to do something better and I can say that we are ready to the best we can and to win the cup.
— You’ve already been here for ten years, why are you still speaking with us in English?
— I’ve been living here for ten years and I can talk and understand, but it’s more comfortable to speak in English so that I don’t make any mistakes in Russian and they won’t publish it in the papers, and so I’m having having with the translation today.