Spartak Moscow

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2019/2020

Spartak Moscow

In


Ezequiel Ponce (att) Roma; Jano Ananidze (mid) Krylia Sovetov – end of loan; Zelimkhan Bakaev (mid) Arsenal Tula – end of loan;

Out


Ze Luis (r) (att) Porto; Dmitri Kombarov (sp) (def) Krylia Sovetov; Denis Glushakov (r) (mid) Akhmat Grozny; Salvatore Bocchetti (sp) (def) released;

After turbulent last season filled with controversy and open war between fans and players, Spartak seem to be in a rebuilding period this summer. Sticking with the appointed-in-the-spring coach Kononov the Reds have signed just 1 new player so far while 4 tested warriors already left the squad. Kononov is known from his previous jobs that he trusts young players and, with Spartak’s Academy one of the best in the land, at least 3-4 U19 players are likely to be involved with the first team regularly this season. The departure of the team’s top goalscorer for the last 2 seasons Ze Luis is seen as major loss though. Spartak generally struggled for goals in recent years and not looking like they can improve much in that department with newcomer Ponce an unproven quantity. Kononov is likely to use different formations early in the season as he has been doing all summer, with 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 seemingly his favourite options. Defensively Spartak have very strong core, but there is lack of creative players in the heart of the midfield and also the wide attacking areas are weakness, with the only top class winger that starts regularly Paraguayan Melgarejo. Hanni is also quality winger, but Kononov doesn’t like him and is hardly expected to use him much. Fernando is the heart and soul of Spartak at the minute and a lot will depend on the Brazilian’s future. Currently he is set to start the season in Red but, with lucrative offers from China and Western Europe, it could only be a matter of time before he leaves. If this happens, Spartak will have to sign reinforcements as, without Fernando, their generally weak midfield will look even poorer.

Target


Simply not enough quality in the ranks at the minute and even challenging for top 3 finish will be hard if no huge overhaul of the squad transpires in the summer or in the winter. More likely to fight for top 6 finish.

Season Review
2018/2019

№5: Spartak Moscow

Very hard and filled with injuries, scandals and serious problems with fans and players season saw Spartak just about doing enough to qualify for Europe. Early on it all looked calm and 5 clean sheets in the opening 6 rounds and strategic 0:0 away draw vs. Zenit seemed to have settled the Reds nicely. However, 3 consecutive home defeats vs. Akhmat, Rostov and Arsenal Tula saw the hugely popular with the fans title-winning coach Massimo Carrera shockingly sacked after round 11. This happened after the team’s captain Glushakov had made awful public comments about him and war between angry fans and the disgraced player marked every home match from that point on. Eventually in late November the arrival of experienced Kononov in charge steadied the results, he started his reign with 5 wins and 2 draws, but the fans kept attacking the players and wanting Carrera back. On top of all that injuries to key players were issue all campaign, with at least 3-4 likely starters missing at all times. April was the month that nearly saw Spartak throwing away their top 5 position with 3 defeats in 4 rounds showing that Kononov struggled to improve the displays much. In the end luck and mistakes from others helped Spartak to steal the last visa for Europa League. With many question marks about the future and lots of uncertainties surround players, hugely important Fernando is expected to be one of many to leave this summer, Spartak are likely to have more unsettled times ahead.


Player of the Season: Fernando L.M.

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