Hiddink hoping Anzhi can upset odds

31 May 2013 12:28

Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink is hoping his side can end a promising season on a high by beating CSKA Moscow in the final of the Russian Cup on Saturday.

Hiddink's expensively-assembled side finished third in this season's Russian Premier League, the club's best-ever league placing.

However, they remain the outsiders for Saturday's final at the Ahmad arena in the Chechen capital Grozny against a CSKA side who are fresh from winning the Premier League title by two points from Zenit St Petersburg.

"We had two objectives this season: to finish third in the league and win the cup," Hiddink was quoted as saying by the daily Sport-Express.

"We managed to complete the first. Now we are concentrated completely on the second one - to win the club's first major trophy.

"CSKA are clear favourites. They deservedly won the league and will now want to win the double.

"We are the dark horse. Just getting here is a big success for us but we are ready to do our best to try and win the cup."

The Dutchman, 66, added that he will make no comment on his future with the club from the capital of Dagestan until after the final.

"The final in Grozny will be the last match of the season for us," Hiddink said.

"That's all I can say for the moment. I'll make the decision about the possible extension of my contract with the club after the final."

Earlier this year Hiddink said that he had not ruled out extending his stay at Anzhi in some capacity, despite saying that he would quit coaching at the end of this season.

Source: AFP