Capello maps out Rus­sia’s World Cup path

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Rus­sia man­ager Fabio Capello has lined up World Cup warm-ups against Slo­vakia, Nor­way and Morocco in a bid to ex­pose his team to con­trast­ing play­ing styles ahead of Brazil.

Rus­sia, mak­ing their first ap­pear­ance at a World Cup fi­nal since 2002, is in Group H with Bel­gium, South Korea and Al­ge­ria.

Capello, who was in charge of Eng­land at the 2010 World Cup, ex­plained his think­ing be­hind the three coun­tries he has cho­sen.

“Our main goal is to test the play­ers against teams play­ing in var­i­ous styles,” the Ital­ian told www.cham­pi­ yes­ter­day.

“Four years ago I came up against Al­ge­ria as Eng­land man­ager but to­day they play com­pletely dif­fer­ent foot­ball.

“We will face Morocco to adapt to the North-African style.

“Nor­we­gian play­ers are tall and phys­i­cally tough op­po­nents who are es­pe­cially strong in dead ball sit­u­a­tions. And Slo­vakia plays their own style which is un­like Al­ge­ria or Nor­way.”

Capello added he may sched­ule in a fourth friendly when his team ar­rives in Brazil.

“We will de­cide later whether we need to play this fourth match and who will be our op­po­nents,” he said.

“I don’t think we need to play too many warm-up matches. One match a week is an op­ti­mal choice to keep the play­ers in form.

“We should go into the World Cup at our best phys­i­cal form as the three-month win­ter break in the Rus­sian league should pre­vent my play­ers from any kind of over strain.”

Rus­sia will face Slo­vakia on May 26, Nor­way on May 31 and Morocco on June 6.

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