Fabio Capello has conceded that there is still a long way to go for Russia to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, despite winning both of their opening qualifying games.
The experienced Italian trainer guided his team to an emphatic 4-0 win over Israel on Tuesday to ensure his side took maximum points from their first two fixtures. However, he refused to get carried away over his hopes for the campaign despite being elated by the display of his team.
"There's still a long road ahead of us if we want to fulfill our task of making the World Cup," Capello said to Sport-Express.
"We've started very well, scored two fast goals, but at the end of the half we've loosened the pressure and allowed the Israelis to create chances. But after our third goal it was all clear.
"The only thing that bothers me and is upsetting is that three players got injured [Vladimir Bystrov, Aleksandr Kokorin and Aleksandr Anyukov].
"At times we’ve shown truly spectacular football, with some beautiful passing, leaving all our effort on the field. Such a performance in Israel is great."
Israel coach Eli Guttman confessed that the Russians were too good for his side on the night, though the manner of the loss still hurt.
"I can only say that I'm sorry about the result. We've played against an amazing opponent, but losing by four goals is still too much.
"The Russian national team is great at combining skill and speed, and we have no reply to that."