Eto'o blames 'poor' pitches

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o has not had much to shout about of late

Samuel Eto'o has blamed the poor state of Russia's pitches for a goal drought that has seen him fail to score in the last five games.

Anzhi Makhachkala's star forward has not been on the scoresheet in Russia's top flight since 5 November.

Following Sunday's goalless draw against CSKA, Eto's pointed the finger at the country's pitches.

"For me the most important thing is that we play on good pitches. Then the goals will come," Eto'o said.

He added: "The Russian league is a good championship but as for the pitches... It's hard to play on such pitches.

"On good pitches we can keep up with anyone."

Russia is emerging from a long winter and the last weeks have seen pitches in provincial cities turned into quagmires by belting rain and wet snow.

The Russian Premier League, which has attracted a galaxy of talent to the big clubs over the last years, has repeatedly vowed that improving the quality of the pitches is a major priority.

"On a bad pitch it's hard to be a good artist," said Eto'o.

"Everyone is only going to win if the pitches get better."

Anzhi are currently only seventh in the Russian Premier League but the club's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov has huge ambitions for the future under Dutch coach Guus Hiddink.

Officially based in the insurgency-plagued Caucasus region of Dagestan, Anzhi train in Moscow for security reasons and only flies into Makhachkala for home games.