Despite being friendly, Hulk expects a tough match against Russians.


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Brazil striker Hulk feels that their international friendly against Russia on Monday will be a tough test for them.

Currently playing for Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg, the forward is well-aware that Fabio Capello’s men have a real chance to score goals and topple them when they play the exhibition at Stamford Bridge.

“I know [Russia’s] team quite well because six of their players play with me at Zenit,” Hulk told reporters. “They are a very strong team.

“They haven’t conceded any goals in their World Cup qualification campaign and I believe it’s going to be a great game for us.

“It will be difficult, but we will work on these difficulties and try to win the game.”

Despite not having Russia skipper Igor Denisov on the team, Hulk feels that it will not sway the advantage to the South Americans as he feels their opponents have plenty of talent elsewhere.

“[Denisov] is a very important player for Russia, but they have other very good players, so I don’t think they will have any problems without him,” he said.

“But we have to focus on ourselves and try to do everything Scolari tells us to do.”

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