FC Rostov boss Ivan Daniliants has described his team’s Champions League away match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as “very difficult”.
The Russians lost to Diego Simeone’s men on home soil two weeks ago and Daniliants admits he is under no illusions about the trip to the Spanish capital.
“The level of opponent we will be facing is much higher than we are used to in our league and Atleti are team that plays at a very, very high level, so it will be very difficult,” the 63-year-old told a Press conference.
“We found it very tough when we played them at home, despite the result being only 0-1, because Atletico had the chances to have scored many more goals and we were surprised at the speed they play at.
“I’ve made some changes to our team in the last two games as a lot my players are not used to playing in the league and then the Champions League.
“The priority of the coaching staff is to ensure the players are happy, excited, and that they go out and enjoy the game. At the same time, the starting line-up I select will be perfectly fit to play.
“There will also be many changes in the remaining fixtures. We play Zenit in the league and two days later visit PSG Eindhoven in our last Champions League group game.
“We’ll make the changes we need so the players are well,” he maintained.