Sweden midfielder Rasmus Elm said he was upset with a defeat in
his first match for his new club CSKA Moscow in the Russian
league but said he believed his new club would battle back.
"We've lost confidence after our rivals scored two early goals
and were doomed to try to find a way to get back in the match in
the remaining time," Elm said after CSKA suffered a defeat at the
hands of champions Zenit St Petersburg on Saturday.
That followed an opening day defeat to Amkar Perm by the same 3-1
scoreline, sending the club to 14th place in the table.
"But I'm sure CSKA will soon rise in the Russian league table,"
said Elm, who joined CSKA last month from Dutch league top-flight
side AZ Alkmaar on a three-year contract.
"And there's only way to improve the situation -- to keep on
working," added the player, who was part of Sweden's Euro 2012
The 24-year-old added that he was excited after he received a
transfer offer from CSKA considering his move to Russia would
help further his career.
Elm said he had been influenced by his compatriot Pontus
Wernbloom, who also played at AZ Alkmaar before joining CSKA, and
the fact that more foreign players were coming to Russia was an
indicator of its growing strength.