Fedotov’s first crisis in CSKA. Why are the army men failing autumn in the RPL?

CSKA has won only one victory in the last six matches. Sports tells what happened to the team of Vladimir Fedotov, who until recently was in the top 2 of the RPL.

CSKA fails implementation

After the game with Nizhny Novgorod, Fedotov complained about problems with the implementation. He confidently stated that CSKA could gnaw three points in each of the last draws.
Let us turn to the statistics that Fedotov spoke about. The army team is the only team among the leaders who scored less than expected. This season, CSKA has played 31.4 xG (expected goals), while upsetting opponents 29 times.
The defense also has problems. According to UnderStat, Muscovites conceded three goals more than expected. This confirms the match with the “Lower”. A large number of blows of the army did not reach the goal, and the guests used the only chance.

© PFC CSKA social networksFedor Chalov, Ivan Oblyakov and Vladimir Fedotov

Fedor Chalov, Ivan Oblyakov and Vladimir Fedotov

To be specific, the attacking trio of CSKA cope. Fedor Chalov has 10 goals scored and expected. Jorge Carrascal and Jesús Medina are also fulfilling the plan so far.
There are problems in other areas. For example, defenders Milan Gajic and Bakhtiyor Zaynutdinov loved to squander moments. They deprived the team of four goals scored.
Opponents of the army team realize almost all the chances. CSKA, on the other hand, cannot score from killer positions, for which they pay with points. Statistics confirm Fedotov’s words about lost victories. In terms of xG, the team was better than Orenburg, Spartak and Dynamo. However, in all cases, CSKA received only one point.

Diveev’s injury broke Fedotov’s work

Problems with the implementation are not the only reason for the autumn decline of the army. In the match of the 10th round, Igor Diveev landed unsuccessfully on the lawn, breaking his tibia. Fedotov by that time had only found the optimal trio in the center of defense. Zainutdinov and Willian Rocha played next to Igor. The coach had to rebuild everything and select options.
Since then, Bruno Fuchs, Georgy Shchennikov, Kirill Nababkin have played in the center of defense. However, it was not possible to achieve the same reliability. For six subsequent matches in the championship, CSKA only once kept the gate “dry”.
In the game with Nizhny, Diveev even ended up on the bench. Although it is too early to talk about a full return to the base. After his injury, Fedotov again had only one profile central defender – Rocha. By the time the Russian was injured, he managed to play only two matches.
When the coach began to patch up the hole that had formed, the players had new positions. Shchennikov, for example, retrained from flank to central defender.

Carrascal and Medina are out of shape

The deterioration in results can be clearly linked to the September break for international matches. Most of all, it influenced the Latin American diaspora of CSKA.
Carrascal and Medina missed the game with “Khimki” (2:1) due to long flights and late return. Victor Mendes appeared on the field only in the second half. If it was possible to cope with the sinking club near Moscow without their star legionnaires, then their participation was required in the following matches.
Medina and Carrascal were back in the start, but production dropped noticeably. Over the last six games, the Latin American team has organized only one goal against Lokomotiv.
After the matches of the national teams of CSKA, he lost his chemistry. The army team showed a level close to the summer level, but the implementation failed. According to the expected points, Fedotov’s team should now take second place in the championship with 34 points. However, in reality, Muscovites lag behind this result by five points.

© / Alexander WilfCSKA midfielders Jorge Carrascal and Jesus Medina (left to right)

CSKA midfielders Jorge Carrascal and Jesus Medina (left to right) - 1920, 11/08/2022

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Perhaps the Latin American stars believed in themselves so much that they stopped working out in defense. This resulted in a scandal involving Fedotov and Carrascal. Colombian inadequately moved the replacement in the second half of the derby with “Spartacus”. The story was quickly extinguished, but the bell came out not the most pleasant.
It turns out that the weak form of legionnaires from South America also played a role. From the attacking trio continues to score only Chalov, who was left without help.
It will be problematic to solve the voiced problems in the three November matches. Fedotov will begin to carry out the main work during the winter break. He will have to return Carrascal and Medina self-confidence and at least slightly improve the implementation of scoring chances.
Diveev should return by the restart of the season. Together with Rosha and Zainutdinov, the optimal trio will work again.
If you improve your defense and return CSKA’s attack to its former strength, then the army team will definitely be able to compete for second place. Otherwise, the “red-blue” will be extremely difficult to squeeze into the top three.
The opinion of the author may not coincide with the position of the editors.

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