Russian midfielder Marat Izmailov has let his frustration with Euro 2012 failure by saying some harsh words about national team’s coach, Dick Advocaat.
“I don’t want to speak for the whole team. But I didn’t enjoy working with Advocaat,” Izmailov told Sport 1 channel.
“I didn’t like him both as a person and as a coach,” he added.
Izmailov made two appearances for Russia at Euro 2012, coming on as a substitute against Poland and in the 1-0 defeat to Greece on Saturday, which did not allow the national side to qualify for the playoffs.
“I don’t know what happened,” the 29-year-old said. “We were all well motivated for the game. We trained in the same way as before the match with the Czech Republic (4-1) and Poland (1-1). It’s hard to tell what went wrong. But – on behalf of our entire team – I’d like to thank the fans for their great support.”
Ironically, it was Advocaat, who returned the Sporting Lisbon player to the national team before Euro 2012, after a break of nearly six years’ absence.