Chelsea`s Zhirkov eager to punish Spartak for goal dig

London: Chelsea`s Yuri Zhirkov will have an added incentive to beat Spartak Moscow in Wednesday`s Champions League match after the Russian club`s owner made a dig at him in local media.

Russian Zhirkov scored a spectacular volley into the top corner to set the English champions on their way to a 2-0 win over Spartak at Moscow`s Luzhniki stadium in the first encounter two weeks ago.

It was his first goal for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge in July 2009, prompting Spartak`s billionaire owner Leonid Fedun to quip: "Zhirkov shoots like this once every five years. Unfortunately, it happened in our match."

Zhirkov, who played for Spartak`s bitter Moscow rivals CSKA for five years before joining Chelsea, said he wanted to prove Fedun wrong.

"I`ve read these comments by Mr Fedun and want to prove him that he really underestimates me," the Russian international was quoted as saying on Monday.

Chelsea top Group F with a maximum nine points from three games. Spartak are second on six points.

Bureau Report