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Spartak boss: We have to be more attacking against Rangers

Raul Riancho says his side's qualification hopes are dependent on a win on Thursday.

Spartak Moscow's caretaker boss Raul Riancho has said that his side's match against Rangers is a 'must-win' and promised a more attacking approach against Steven Gerrard's side.

The sides drew 0-0 at Ibrox last month to keep Rangers at the top of their Europa League group with the Russian side propping up Group G.

Though Spartak would still be mathematically able to qualify if they lose or draw on Thursday, Riancho said his side would be taking the game to their opponents to gain three points he believes they need to stay in the competition.

"For sure we think it will be different," he said. "In the first match in Scotland, we knew that Rangers at home were very powerful, they had the support of all the people in their stadium, the atmosphere there was really great.

"The initial idea was to play defensively and maintain a clean sheet and if possible to score at the end of the match.

"Tomorrow we will play at home and for sure we've got to win. This is our only chance to qualify from the group stage so we'll be more stressed on attack, definitely."

Riancho expressed concern about his own side's supporters after they vented their dissatisfaction during the team's 2-1 home defeat to Ural at the weekend. Only 15-20,000 fans are expected at the game but Riancho said that their negativity could affect the players.

He said: "It will not be easy to play in such an atmosphere, but as long as Spartak are my employee, as long as they pay my wages, my primary task is to protect the players from outside influences which are sometimes negative. 

"The players are the most important people at the club, they are the ones that go on to the pitch, they are the ones who fight to win. I will do my best not to sacrifice the players, do my best to protect them from these conditions. 

"The players normally perform their best only when they are steady, calm, secure and happy. Only this way can they play their best. 

"If I succeed in protecting the players even a tiny bit, it will be a great feeling." 

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