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The Russian Revolution

Posted on 27 February 2009  - 12:00

It is fitting that Roman Pavlyuchenko, the man who has scored in every round of the competition so far, is the main interview in a Carling Cup Final Special Edition of hotspur magazine.

The Russian Revolution

It is fitting that Roman Pavlyuchenko, the man who has scored in every round of the competition so far, is the main interview in a Carling Cup Final Special Edition of hotspur magazine.

The Russian striker has not been a man of many words since his summer arrival at The Lane from Spartak Moscow, but this exclusive feature gives readers a rare insight into the mind of the man from Mostovskoy.

For starters - although he admits this year's road to Wembley has been special for him, he insists that the way he plays does not vary - no matter what the competition.

"I don't really approach Cup games in a different way to those we play in the league, but this year things seem to have fallen into place in the Carling Cup," he tells our official monthly magazine.

"People have told me about the significance of the scoring run and it's something that I am thinking about. But if I'm honest, my only priority is that the team play well and win - and if I score goals along the way, this can only be a good thing."

In terms of the way Roman plays the game, the words he uses in this exclusive interview seem to simplify the fine art of goalscoring - a feat he has achieved 12 times in all competitions in this his maiden season in English football.

"My game is based on the things I see in front of me when I'm playing. In the sport these days there's technology and computers everywhere, fantastic programs that can analyse every movement a player makes.

"But to me, it's about how I feel inside, the contribution I make, how I hit the ball, and of course where it goes."

And by the end of the piece, the reader can be left in no doubt as to the commitment the 27-year-old has towards perfecting his game.

"I think people assume that once you're at a certain age your game stays at one level, but if you are truly dedicated to this profession then you must always look to improve on your performance, not just attempt to maintain it.

"In my head...at home, when I'm driving, when I'm putting my boots on...all of the time, I am thinking about how I am going to train, in what ways I can improve, whether I am working hard enough.

"It is not only my time in the Premier League but the whole of the rest of my career that depends upon my ability to improve, so I look at the longer term.

"It follows that if I score the team will probably do well, whereas if I don't then there is a chance that the team will lose, and as a person I will lose also, and I can't allow that to happen."

But the only place to read this rare interview in full is in the Carling Cup Final Special Edition of hotspur, out now.

CLICK HERE to buy your copy...