Russian manager tells his own players: "we're s***"

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After being knocked out of a major tournament, managers often have a whole host of excuses lined up.

Not so, Leonid Slutsky, whose Russia side were eliminated in the group stages of Euro 2016.

Whereas England, Germany, and Spain have all no doubt begun extensive autopsies on what went wrong, the outgoing Russia boss was quick to pinpoint the one big problem with his team.


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Hilarious admission 

Slutsky has been quoted by Moscow-based journalist Artur Petrosyan, a well-respected authority on Russian football, as saying:

"After losing to Wales, me and some players gathered in my room, talked until 9am and then concluded: 'We're s***' in unison."

Brutal, yet honest.

Russia were widely thought to have been one of the worst teams in the tournament after failing to win a single game, losing to Slovakia and being thrashed by Wales in their final match.

With all that in mind, it's difficult to argue with this sentiment.

Yet, the admission also probably says a lot about England, who Russia held to a 1-1 draw in Group B's opening game.

Dismal Russia 

Surprisingly, Slutsky doesn't seem all that bothered by his team's dismal performance this summer, perhaps as he has since resigned as national manager, but also because they weren't even paying him to be there.

According to the Mirror, the 45-year-old was only being paid expenses because the Russian FA were nearly bankrupted by having to pay off former boss Fabio Capello.

Russia are supposed to be hosting the World Cup in two years' time, so let's hope they're feeling a bit more up for it by then.

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