Russia coach Fabio Capello will not single out any of the Northern Ireland squad for special attention despite his knowledge of its players.
Capello, 66, will take charge of his first competitive match as
A lot of the Northern Ireland players are known to former England manager Capello but he will not be telling his squad about any of them specifically.
"They have players who play in the Premier League, in
"I know the players, it is my job and I need to know. But I do not speak about individual players. I prefer to speak about the team, I don't single them out."
Capello also feels his team will secure the desired result if it plays to its strengths.
"Our team is a good team, in the Euros we played some games really well and I want to see the same spirit and style," he said.
"If we play at that level, the result will be okay."
The 34-year-old said: "
"First game, new manager, perhaps they haven't gelled.
"With a new manager they'll think they have to prove themselves. But we're in good spirits, we always think we can cause an upset. If you don't believe in yourself you shouldn't be a professional footballer."
The other four teams in Group F are also in action with EURO 2012 semi-finalist
On paper it looks a routine assignment for
"We will take on the
"If we do not play with determination it will become complicated."