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Date: July 24, 2024 Time: 05:41:31

The Russian coach is close to being a sensation in European competition and breaks records in Azerbaijan!

Nikita Paglazov Aug 17, 2023 08:30 UTC Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Last season, Musaev took championship silver with Sabah, and now he battles the Serb great in the Conference League.

The Azerbaijani “Sabah” will debut in European competitions. Last season, the team finished second in the championship and qualified for the Conference League. In the second qualifying round Sabah beat RFS Latvia and in the first game of the third stage they beat Partizan Serbia at home 2:0. The team led by Murad Musayev is the first in the history of Azerbaijan to achieve three consecutive victories in the debut season in Europe. And how are things going with the ex-coach from Krasnodar?

Musaev headed Sabah in October 2021. For about six months, he rested after his dismissal from Krasnodar, and then took up an ambitious project. Sabah is a club founded only in 2017 by the head of the Bridge Group of Companies (a group of companies covering construction, hotels and restaurants, logistics, property management and agriculture), Yagub Huseynov. In this way, Sabah is similar to Krasnodar: a young club with a business owner. The team spent its debut season in the top division and were later granted a license to participate in the Azerbaijan Premier League.

At the time of Musaev’s arrival, Sabah was bottom of the league, having lost six of eight games he started. The club also ranked second to last in terms of goals scored and third from bottom in goals conceded. Musaev did not radically change the game and the scheme, but Sabah began to rise. In the winter of 2022, several newcomers joined the club (including former Lokomotiv Moscow striker Petar Shkuletich).

Murad Musaev

Sabah’s coach

“After my arrival, the guys began a psychological rise: everyone wanted to prove themselves. They all died in training. Already in the first half of the first game we scored three goals and the team became similar to Krasnodar. Then there were heavy winter training camps. The progress was not that fast, but I see that we are making progress. I have never regretted making this decision. We started playing narrow forwards, which is similar to Krasnodar. The only thing is that there were problems with the activity of the wing defenders. If the attackers are far apart, the defenders must play to the end. It did not always work out, but we rebuilt the scheme, we made a good transfer to this position. We also change the pressure. We are trying to cover the opponent in every part of the field to have the most aggressive game. The transitions have changed: after the selection, we do not go into control, but we catch the opponent at the time of reconstruction and look for the free zones.

As a result, the club finished the 2021/2022 season four points out of the European Cup zone, moving out of last place by 26 points. Interestingly, in March 2022, insider Ivan Karpov reported that Krasnodar owner Sergei Galitsky called Musaev and offered to return to the club. So Daniel Farke left the Bulls. However, Musaev refused. He then pointed out that the information was not true: “No, it is not true. The club was in a difficult position. I wish Krasnodar strength and success in the future.” And according to the results of the 2022/2023 championship, Sabah ranked second, the best result in the club’s history. Musaev’s merit is enormous, but it must be borne in mind that the place corresponds to his ambitions.

Murad Musaev

Photo: FC Sabah

Sabah is the third most expensive club in Azerbaijan (11.23 million euros, only Neftchi and Karabakh squads are more expensive). The most expensive players are winger Joy-Lance Mikkels (€900,000), defender Marouane Hadhoudi (€850,000) and midfielder Vincent Till (€750,000). At the same time, in the summer of 2022, the club did not spend anything on transfers, and in the offseason of 2022, it paid only €500,000 for striker Jarl Margarita. Musaev’s high-quality work without the largest investments. Sabah is an excellent example of good work. Without a single transfer, they double their line…

If the management of the capital club increases the budget, then starting next season it is possible to compete in the fight for the championship. A good job is not enough, you also need strong people. No matter how well Murad Musayev does his job, he needs footballers of the level of Abdella Zubir (footballer from Karabakh.-Approx. “Championship”). Sabah understands this and does not stutter about the championship,” Azerisport.com wrote in winter.

Murad Musaev

Sabah’s coach

“I was invited to visit Baku. I flew and I liked the people who run this club. I looked at the team and saw that they have good and promising players. And I did not consult with anyone, because I knew that many colleagues would have started to dissuade me. And honestly, I want to say that at that time I wanted to work outside of Russia. He wanted to go where he can work in peace. I saw that there are all conditions for this in Azerbaijan. Sabah has a good stadium, good pitch quality. Also, for me it was a kind of challenge: the team is in the last place. The management assured me that there would be transfers of new players, that the financing would increase. I believed, and today everything that management promises is being fully fulfilled. I am very glad that I came to Azerbaijan. In Sheba. A lot of work has been done, from which I derive satisfaction. And most importantly, the result of this work is visible”.

The new season of the Azerbaijan Championship “Sabah” began with a victory. Musaev’s team defeated Gabala at home with a score of 5:0. And in the Conference League, in the first match of the third qualifying round, they unexpectedly faced Partizan Belgrade – 2:0. Now “Sabah” has excellent chances to go to the next stage, and then jump into the group. By the way, after the dismissal of Sergei Tashuev from Akhmat, according to information from the Championship, the residents of Grozny turned to Musaev. However, the coach abandoned the idea of ​​managing the RPL club. “Tomorrow morning we fly to Belgrade for the Conference League match against Partizan. I have all my thoughts only about Sabah and the upcoming games,” RB Sport quotes Musaev. Interestingly, in 2022 he signaled that he was ready to work for Manchester United.

Murad Musaev

Sabah’s coach

“Karpin said in 2014 that he was ready to lead Manchester United. I’m ready? What’s the point of talking if it’s not real? I don’t want to use big words. But if you have to answer yes or no, yes.

Musaev has a very important season ahead of him. If Sabah advances to the LC group stage and also competes for gold in the championship, then Murad will receive offers not only from Russia. It is unlikely that Manchester United will call the manager, but a good European club is a realistic scenario.

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