Emil Bohinen: If Chidi snored, I would have kicked him out of the room in the middle of the night
Emil Bohinen — on the training camp in Austria.
— Emil, how do you like the start of the training camp? Are you happy to see all the guys?
— We've all just come back from vacation, and it's still a little hard for us. The first week is difficult, you need to adapt your body to strong work. There will be even more work later, and the intensity of trainings will increase. But we will also be better prepared by then. We go through this together, we are a team, and, of course, we are happy that we train side by side.
— Tell us a few words about your vacation.
— It was great, I spent all this time in Norway. I was on vacation with my family and friends. I had been in Moscow for several months before that, and I didn't have a chance to see them, so now we all had a lot of fun together. I've been training more than usual in the last couple of weeks to get in good shape for the training camp. I was lucky with the weather: It was sunny every day, the temperature was 25°C, and it started raining only at the time of departure (smiles).
— The change of coach before the start of the training camp was a surprise for everyone. Have you noticed any nuances that characterize Aleksey Berezutskiy as a mentor?
— Yes, it was really a big surprise. Aleksey is currently doing his best; he is coping with the work in the best possible way. This is a long process, but the ideas that he wants to apply in working with the team little by little become visible from the first days. I will definitely tell you in more detail what has changed when we have more trainings with the ball. It's too early, we have to go through the pre-season.
— Is Aleksey Vladimirovich a strict coach? By the way, he speaks English and today he explained something to you on the field after training…
— I respect him very much as a mentor, and besides that, he is a great guy. I know how much Aleksey has done in PFC CSKA as a player. I think the role of a coach suits him, he is smart, he has a football mindset. It's a pleasure to work with him and the rest of the coaching staff. I am really proud to be a part of PFC CSKA!
— You are, of course, in touch with your father, who made his name in English football. What are you talking about, do you share details about your work at the training camp?
— We mostly discuss football in all its forms. My father is now coaching a team in Norway. We talk about it, and about our news in PFC CSKA, and about Euro. Besides, he's my dad, so he also gives me life advice.
— Norway, unfortunately, did not make it to Euro. Who are you supporting now?
— Most of all Sweden. They are our neighbors, and I support them. I really hope that Russia will perform as well as possible.
— Who is the main favourite to win Euro?
— Italy. And I will also name Belgium.
— You live with Chidi Ejuke at this training camp. Football players often live alone, but this scheme is also used often …
— At first, we were a little surprised, and then we started to communicate, to joke, and now we like it (smiles). Chidi is a great guy, we talk a lot, we really have already become friends.
— Tell me something funny about Chidi that you noticed and that no one knows about.
— He talks all the time on the phone or via video link with his family and friends. This happens absolutely always — when I come and go, and even when the two of us are in the room. And there, by the way, he is (Chidera appears in the room — of course, with a phone in his hands. — Ed.). I can accept that — at least he doesn't snore at night, otherwise I'd throw him out of the room in the middle of the night (laughs).
— Chidi, does Emil snore at night?
— A lot, — Ejuke laughs.
— No! — Bohinen says. — I don't snore either, so we are perfect roommates (smiles).