The Euro 2004 finalists were held to a 1-1 draw by Israel at home on Friday and are now second in Group F with 18 points from nine matches.
"It's not a drama to be in the playoffs," he told A Bola. "It's become normal, it's not a surprise because that's what has happened to us in recent years.
"[Automatic qualification] is mathematically possible but not up to us. We must be content to play the playoff.
"Hopefully, we'll now get a bit of luck and not get a complicated team. The only team I wouldn't like to face is France."
Russia currently lead Group F with 21 points from nine matches.