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MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. Russian national team's dropout from EURO 2016 championship has shown in an objective light the level of our football and the absense of top-rate players from the line-up, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also President of the Russian Football Union told TASS after a game in Toulouse where the Russian team lost to Wales 0-3.
The team took the last position in Group B and did not get to the quarterfinals. In contrast, the Welsh team finished this phase of the tournament in the lead.
"As I said before the game, our team's performance will demonstrate the real level of our football," Mutko said. "And that's precisely what happened. This only means such is the level of our football and we must work at it."
"Also, we must admit there are no top-rate players in our team today and that's the objective situation," he said.
"But you can't mend things over time, " Mutko said. "The national championship must grow and new players should emerge. We must care for it, not tarnish one another."
"It may look from the outside our players have a standard bodily fitness level but six or seven of them appeared in the Euro tournament for the first time, while some other were unwilling to grow, to move forwards, to improve themselves," he said. "And here in the European championship you have to do things through the pain barrier."
"On the purely psychological level, it's important now to return home calmly and to learn how to play well in the tournaments like this one," Mutko said. "We should learn how to get out of the group."
"Yes, that's true, there's been an objective slump after EURO 2008 but we had the players of entirely different qualifications then," he said. "They played for European clubs."
"All of us are frustrated now the fans, millions of other people and we'll have to draw conclusions," Murtko said. "Thanks everyone who gave support. I'm asking you to continue it.".