The Pog ready for a stern test
The Russian striker is delighted to be at Madejski Stadium and says he is fulfilling his dream by playing in what he believes to be the best league in the world.
“The Premier League cannot be compared to the Championship, or any other league, and I want to stay in it for as long as possible.”
Asked what motivated his decision to sign for Reading, Pavel answered with two specific people at the club – Brian McDermott and Anton Zingarevich.
“The manager and the owner are the main reasons I am here. It was helpful for me that Anton speaks Russian, but the fact that the manager wanted me here was really important. He knows exactly how we can play and what we can achieve.
“Anton came to me at the Euros and said he wanted me at Reading. I knew a lot about the club, its great players and that Brian was the best coach in the Championship.”
Pogrebnyak has the Potters fresh on his mind after playing and scoring against the Potters for Fulham last year, and knows exactly what challenges they pose.
He added, “I played against Stoke in my first game for Fulham. It was a difficult match and it will be difficult once again. They are very strong, physical team - and we all know about Peter Crouch and what he can do. Hopefully it’s a full stadium and we get three points.”
A full interview with Pavel is now available on Reading FC Player - click here to watch.