Gabulov: Safonov should have respect, at his age Akinfeev was on a different level

MOSCOW, Jan 21 — The general director of Khimki and the ex-goalkeeper of the Russian national team criticized the goalkeeper of Krasnodar Matvey Safonov for his statement about Igor Akinfeev.
Earlier, Safonov said that now he is superior to the goalkeeper of CSKA and believes that Akinfeev’s career is not the ultimate dream.

“I read these statements, I didn’t like them very much. Yes, Safonov needs to dream of something high, while respect must still remain. I understand, maybe the question sounded a little provocative, but a football player of the level of the Russian national team must be ready for this and calculate the reputational risks that may arise from his answer, ”Sport-Express quoted Gabulov as saying.

Gabulov noted that, unlike Safonov, Akinfeev, by the age of 22, became the owner of the UEFA Cup and a three-time champion of Russia.
Gabulov also commented on the competition between goalkeepers in the Russian team. According to him, Safonov is the unconditional number one, while the goalkeeper of the Norwegian “Bodø-Glimt” Nikita Khaikin, who received his debut call to the national team last year, does not correspond to the level of the national team.



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