2/28/2018 6:57:40 PM (GMT+3)

We want qualify to the second round, says Carlos Queiroz

We want qualify to the second round, says Carlos Queiroz

Sochi, Russia: Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said that his side has become strong and competitive after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“With the experience of Brazil 2014 under our belts and with several players having since moved to Europe, Iran has become more solid and competitive. Playing in the Asian leagues is not the same as playing international football. We’ve become a better side,” Queiroz told FIFA.com.

Absent from the World Cup for eight years, Team Melli made their return to the finals four years ago and built on that achievement by becoming the first Asian team to book their place at Russia 2018.

“We want to get through to the second round, but that obviously going to be a very difficult task. We’re in the hardest group and we’ll be up against Spain and Portugal in Group B, but our duty is to go and improve on past performances,” added the Portuguese on the sidelines of Russia 2018 Team Workshop here.

Tags: