“We are confident with ourselves and hope to pass the group stage,” the 30-year-old told Russian media on a pre-match press conference.
“We recognize the importance of the game ahead of us. We need to play a good game and win. We are thinking about winning only. We have big self-confidence, we believe in our strong characteristics, at the same time understanding the difficulty of the match. All the facts point on the fact that we are the favorites and we have the motivation to enter the semifinals. We do not even think about losing against Russia,” the PSV main team regular added.