Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrey Arshavin will have a hard time preparing for Tuesday’s match as he has never seen Austria Vienna play.
The former Arsenal winger scored two goals for Zenit in the Champions League playoffs and will hope to add to that total against the group stage debutants. Arshavin admitted he has never taken the time to watch Tuesday's continental opponents play, but will adapt once the game is under way.
"I wouldn’t like to compare Austria to our previous opponents for one simple reason - I’ve never seen them play before, and I've never seen an Austrian league match either," Arshavin told reporters on Monday. "So I’ll refrain from commenting. We’ll see everything on the pitch."
Zenit currently sits in first place in the Russian Premier League, winning its last five games in the competition, and Arshavin says the opportunity to qualify for Europe keeps the team on its toes.
"Naturally we are motivated," Arshavin said. "This is the Champions League. We all play in the Russian Premier League in order to make it to the Champions League tournament the following year. That’s why we went through qualification this year. In terms of our physical shape, everything is all right too. Zenit will be very strong."
Zenit sits at the bottom of Group G after a 3-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid two weeks ago, while Austria Vienna was defeated 1-0 by Porto.