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The ex-Porto striker, who currently plies his trade in the north European country, believes it will be a difficult friendly and doubts Igor Denisov's absence will affect them

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

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 at the pre-match press conference. "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."

Russia’s preparations for the Selecao clash have been hampered by their World Cup qualifier with Northern Ireland being postponed until a later date due to adverse weather conditions making the pitch unplayable in Belfast.

The World Cup 2014 hosts, on the other hand, head into their latest friendly on the back of a 2-2 draw with Italy, in which they allowed the Azzurri to perform a two-goal comeback in the second half.

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