VIENNA – Russia coach Fabio Capello is confident that a dispute about his unpaid salary hasn't unsettled his team and expects it to "play a good match" against Austria on Saturday.
The veteran Italian coach hasn't been paid since June, and the Russian Football Union admitted this week it can't afford his salary of an estimated $11 million a year.
Capello declined to address the issue the day before the European Championship qualifier, saying he only wanted to talk about the game.
Speaking through an interpreter, Capello says, "I am here, I am doing my job ... All players give their best. I am satisfied with the development of the team. I am satisfied with how they are playing. All other issues, all other questions, have no place here."