CSKA Moscow

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Round 30

2022-05-21 17:00:00 More Previews
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2021/2022

CSKA Moscow

In


Maksim Mukhin (mid), Lokomotiv Moscow), Anton Zabolotnyi (mid), Sochi)

Out


Salomón Rondón (r)(att), Dalian - end of loan), Ilya Pomazun (sp)(gk), Ural - end of loan), Ilya Shkurin (sp)(att), Dinamo Kyiv)

CSKA Moscow's campaign last year started ever so promisingly, taking the lead at the top of the standings, but things soon started to come off the rails and by the spring the Army Men were left scrambling for a European spot. Yet, they missed out on even that on the final day of the season and have been left with a bit of a reckoning as to where the direction of the club is heading. Any hopes of a more productive and successful off season were quickly dispelled back in June when Ivica Olic, who took over as a manager in April and was planning ahead on being a full-time manager this season, was dismissed after disagreements with the board. That leaves the Army Men without a coach to start the season, with former defender and current coach Aleksey Berezutski is in charge of pre-season. It does not seem like a new name is being hired any time soon for the coaching vacancy and that leaves CSKA in a bit of a vacuum as they look for a better campaign ahead. They managed to bring in a promising young player in Maksim Mukhin while also bulking up the attack with Anton Zabolontyi but it hardly looks like a productive transfer campaign for a side that needs more options, especially in defence. The squad still looks pretty good on paper, with players like Nikola Vlasic, Chidera Ejuke and Fedor Chalov all capable of being real game-changers but, given all the off-pitch turbulence, it could be another pretty rough campaign for the Army Men.

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Hard to see a return to the title-chasing campaigns from before and may have to look to settle for a spot in upper mid-table.

Season Review
2020/2021

№6: CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow had big ambitions at the start of the season and had one of the most expansive transfer campaigns of the campaign. Indeed, despite a loss to Zenit, the team started to really take shape as a title contender in the early weeks. A run of seven wins in eight games from September to November pushed the Army Men to the summit and they indeed played some beautiful football along the way, led by Nikola Vlasic, who was playing at some pretty incredible level. Yet, that dream run did not last long as a combination of injuries, busy schedule and cold weather in December suddenly saw CSKA grind to a halt, going four games winless and allowing Zenit to climb back above them at the halfway mark. The new year started in disappointing fashion, losing 2:0 to Lokomotiv Moscow, and it was soon pretty clear that the squad was losing faith in coach Viktor Goncharenko. Indeed, a run of three losses in four games in March proved the final straw for the much-respected coach and former player Ivica Ilic took the baton for the rest of the season. Yet, he did not provide the flip that was needed and CSKA remained a shell of themselves, playing bland and predictable football, and letting less talented sides get the better of them. That poor run of form, with one win in the final five games, eventually saw CSKA miss out on European football completely next season and it was a logical conclusion to a season that started so well but turned badly wrong along the way.


Player of the Season: Nikola Vlasic

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