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2022/2023

Zenit

In


Mateo Cassierra (att) Sochi; Rodrigao (def) Sochi; Zelimkhan Bakaev (mid) Spartak Moscow; Ivan (gk) Corinthians - on loan; Gustavo Mantuan (att) Corinthians (loan); Kirill Kravtsov (mid) Pari NN - end of loan; Aleksandr Vasyutin (gk) Djurgarden - end of loan; Daniil Shamkin (mid) Baltika - end of loan.

Out


Stanislav Kritsyuk (r) (gk) Gil Vicente; Yuri Alberto (r) (att) Corinthians - on loan; Daniil Shamkin (mid) KamAZ - on loan; Artem Dzyuba (sp) (att) - released; Magomed Ozdoev (sp) (mid) - released.

Zenit were crowned Russian Premier League champions last season as head coach Sergey Semak delivered the side's fourth successive RPL win. They have bolstered their squad once more over the summer with Mateo Cassierra and Rodrigao joining the club from Sochi, who finished in second place last term. Attacking options were needed as both Yuri Alberto and Artem Dzyuba have left the club - Alberto just on loan. Cassierra and Ivan Sergeev are the two most likely options at the moment to lead the line. It will be interesting to see how Zenit will fare without the record holder for most goals scored in the Russian Premier League (Dzyuba) and the 33-year-old is still yet to find a club after playing at Zenit for the past seven years. However, he did fall out of favour towards the end of last season. Zelimkhan Bakaev replaces Magomed Ozdoev as a depth option in midfield with no other significant incomings or outgoings in this department. Zenit continue to have great depth and quality throughout but do have a change in goal as Stanislav Kritsyuk has left to join Gil Vicente. Daniil Odoevski has started the most games in between the sticks during pre-season so is the most likely candidate to get the number one spot. Ivan arrives on loan from Corinthians, however. The starting line-up is expected to be very similar to last season for Zenit as they begin this campaign and they will expect to be the clear favourites to be crowned champions once again here.

Target


Champions for a fifth successive season.

Season Review
2020/2021

Champions: Zenit

Zenit easily won third title in a row, with the Blue-White-Sky Blues rock solid at home all season (best home record in the league) and solid enough on the road to suffer just 2 away defeats. The combination of the best defensive record and the best attack was always going to make it easy for Semak and his men with Zenit taking control of things early after 7 wins and just 1 defeat in the first 11 rounds. Azmoun and Dzyuba fought for the Golden Boot all season and in the end the latter won this personal trophy in the last round when he scored 4 goals. Still Azmoun was probably the more important striker this term as he scored many crucial goals in derby games. Driussi had season plagued by injuries and his impact was minimal, but in his second year at the club Malcom was excellent on the wing, with summer signing Wendel also becoming influential in the second part of the season when he started lots of games. Zenit once again looked class above everyone else and for several years now Blue-White-Sky Blues haven’t had much of a competition domestically. Expectations are that after 3 titles coach Semak is looking for new challenge and this could be summer of changes with new manager possibly set to be appointed. Also expected to have high-profile departures. Azmoun and Barrios just 2 of the regulars that are already attracting hefty offers.


Player of the Season: Sardar Azmoun

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