Vasily Karasev: "We're only 50% as strong on defense with Kulagin and Valiev out"

Zenit's head trainer, Vasily Karasev, commented on the results of the match with Lokomotiv.
Vasily Karasev: "We're only 50% as strong on defense with Kulagin and Valiev out"

— We started poorly on defense today. Right now we are hurting from missing two of our best defenders, Kulagin and Valiev, we've lost about 50% of our strength on defense. When we are allowing 54 points in the first half, and the team against us is shooting threes at 70% and 2 pointers at 68%, it's going to be win. By the end of the game we tried to do what we could to get a higher percentage of our shots in, but we couldn't come up with enough in the end.