Brazil star Hulk expects testing Russia friendly

The ex-Porto striker, who currently plies his trade at Zenit St Petersburg, is familiar with the strength of Fabio Capello's team and doubts Igor Denisov's absence will affect them

Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk believes Brazil are in for a tough test against Russia on Monday night.

The forward joined the Russian Premier League from Porto last summer and, as a result, is well aware of which of Fabio Capello’s men will pose a danger in the friendly at Stamford Bridge.

"I know [Russia’s] team quite well, because six of their players play with me at Zenit," he 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."

Hulk, who has 19 caps for the Selecao, believes that Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men will not benefit too heavily from the absence of Russia skipper Igor Denisov - a Zenit team-mate - as there is plenty talent elsewhere in the World Cup 2018 hosts’ side.

"[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," the attacker continued.

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