Ferguson happy with Moscow pitch

The Manchester United manager has no concerns about the playing surface.

     Sir Alex Ferguson lays down the law ahead of the
    Uefa Champions League final [GALLO/GETTY]

    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident about the state of the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium where his side will play Chelsea in the Champions League final on Wednesday.

    "I haven't seen it yet but we have no worries about the pitch," Ferguson said.

    "I think UEFA have done their best and they will guarantee a good pitch.

    "I'm delighted they decided to re-lay it. You have to remind yourself that Old Trafford in December and January isn't the best. I think it will be fine."

    English groundsman Matt Frost, who oversaw the laying of a new natural grass surface at the Moscow stadium, said he was disappointed with the state of the pitch before European club football's showpiece occasion.

    Chelsea captain John Terry also said the players would not let any doubts over the state of the pitch concern them.

    "I've heard it's not been laid too long and not bedded in but it will be the same for both sides," Terry said.

    "As long as we get the right footwear we'll be fine. That comes from today, talking with the kitman and getting the right studs. Then you go in tomorrow in the right frame of mind."

    Platini confident

    Uefa president Michel Platini concurred with Ferguson’s confidence.

    "I think we should wait until the players have trained on it and the coaches have seen it first," Platini said.

    "They are the ones who will decide on the state of the pitch. But I have not heard of any problems so far."

    Uefa general secretary David Taylor added: "UEFA officials have seen the pitch and have reported that it is perfectly playable with no problems raised. The only problem is that the colour may not be ideal, but the pitch is playable."

    The new pitch has been laid at a cost of about $312,600 with imported grass from Slovakia after an original grass pitch prepared for the final proved unsuitable.

    That grass pitch had replaced the usual synthetic pitch at the stadium.

    Manchester United and Chelsea both trained on the pitch on Tuesday evening after the teams arrived in the Russian capital on Monday night.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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