Vitaly Mutko has declared Russia's hosting of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup a success ©Getty Images

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has described his country's hosting of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup s a success. 

The tournament concluded last night with Lars Stindl scoring the only goal as Germany beat Chile 1-0 in the final at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

Traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup, the event features the home nation, the winners of six continental tournaments and the reigning world champions.

Four venues were used in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi with average attendances reaching 39,269, the third-highest in the tournament’s history.

Following the conclusion of the tournament Mutko, who also heads the Russian Football Union, believes while it is currently difficult to gauge a concrete summary of the event, it did go according to plan.

"We are yet to sum up the results," Mutko said, according to Russian news agency TASS.

"The final match has been played, but we still have much work ahead of us - as soon as the participating teams leave Russia, we will be able to assess the outcome.

"Everything was organised well, the teams and fans are satisfied, the atmosphere was excellent - this is what a good football tournament needs.

"I am glad that everybody has seen it and fans had a chance to see great games."

Russia's attention will now turn towards next summer's FIFA World Cup, football's flagship international tournament.

Germany, pictured, beat Chile 1-0 in last night's final in Saint Petersburg ©Getty Images
Germany, pictured, beat Chile 1-0 in last night's final in Saint Petersburg ©Getty Images

Mutko acknowledges that while it is a larger event than the Confederations Cup, the tournament will be a success if Russia can repeat their efforts.

"The Confederations Cup is only a prelude, while the World Cup is a far more important tournament," Mutko added.

"A total of 32 teams will participate in it, matches will be played in 11 cities, so there will be more difficulties.

"But if we do everything in the same way we did at the Confederations Cup, it will be a success.

"We will hold a number of meetings to assess the results of the recent tournament, and after that, preparations will begin for the World Cup."

The FIFA World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 next year.

During the Confederations Cup, Mutko was forced to hit out at suggestions the country’s national football team have been implicated in doping.

A report by the Daily Mail claimed that FIFA were investigating 34 Russian players, who were suspected of potential breaches.

It was claimed the investigation included the entire Russian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The FIFA investigation reportedly stems from the McLaren Report, which claimed that more than 1,000 Russians from a number of Summer and Winter Olympic, non-Olympic and Paralympic sports had been involved in the manipulation of doping samples.