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CSKA boss looking to bow out on a high

07 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

As he prepares for his final match in charge of CSKA Moscow at Wembley tonight (Wednesday, December 7), Leonid Slutsky says his opinion of our squad and playing style hasn’t changed in spite of our early exit from the Champions League.

Results on matchday five a fortnight ago ended both clubs’ involvement in this season’s competition but, with third spot in Group E and a place in the Europa League still up for grabs, victory will be a priority for all parties at the national stadium this evening.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Slutsky – who, it has been announced, will step down as CSKA boss after the game – reiterated what he said ahead of our 1-0 victory in Russia on matchday two by underlining how difficult a test he expects his players to face against us.

Asked what he learned from our previous meeting, he said: “We took the same conclusions. They are a strong team with some great players and we expect a tough game just like before.

“This group is very equal in my opinion. The results in all the games, apart from our game with Monaco, have been decided by one goal or a draw.

“At the same time we know the game (tonight) will be very tough. Everyone will want to finish with a victory. I want to do that as well but it will not be easy to win.”

After seeing us lose to both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley earlier in the campaign, Slutsky doesn’t believe his team will gain any additional advantage from being the away side at the national stadium, although he said he’s looking forward to the experience of managing at the venue tonight.

“I don’t think playing at Wembley affected Tottenham’s performance,” he added. “It’s always great to play at this stadium with a rich history and rich traditions. It enriches me as a manager.”