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    Wow Iran has been so impressive even the notorious Iran hater John Duerden has no choice but give them credit!

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    Article: Iran qualify, but how far can they go?

    Unpopular opinion to criticise the team that slayed the qualifications, but I think we miss way too many good chances.

    We can't afford to do that against the bigger teams when we get to the WC.

    Once we miss 1-2 good chances, we start to put pressure one ourselves, and it will only be a matter of time before we concede and eventually lose the game.

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    Thanks for sharing the article. He makes some very valid points.

    One of the most important is around the other teams in the group. Although we've clearly upped our level of organisation and the depth in the squad I regret that their standards seem to have slipped - we haven't been pushed hard enough this time.

    Yesterday's performance seemed to sum up what happens when you don't get challenged to up your game. We were sloppy and complacent for much of the game - a better team than Uzbekistan would have punished us for some of the sloppiness on the ball and the unusually poor defensive shape.

    For me the key to our WC preparations (apart from the obvious need to challenge ourselves with better opposition) is for Queiroz to start challenging the team to achieve different goals in the friendlies. Things like challenge the players to have more possession than the oppo and look to create a certain number of chances in the first half. Or aim to have better stats in terms of territorial possession in the final 3rd or target above a certain number of crosses. We need to go into the WC with several styles of play and modes of setting up.

    Queiroz has created an excellent squad in terms of player options, while retaining that togetherness. He now needs to translate it into the ability to play a more attacking game if we need to. If we rely on the tried and trusted defensive organisation and hit on the break we'll get found out (like against Bosnia in 2014) again.

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    We need to find a way to score without sacrificing our defensive capabilities.

    It was painful watching us go forward in 2014 (the match vs. Argentina aside), and the moment we opened up vs. Bosnia, they punished us.

    Which means: We need to absolutely maximize our free kicks and corners, work on more long-distance shooting, or play purely on the counter attack. In a way, it may suit us to have a super tough group where we are the overwhelming underdogs going into each match.

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    TM needs to experience conceding goals and then coming back from behind.

    TM falling behind is something we haven't seen for a while, and we will definitely be seeing this in the World Cup.

    So if TM doesn't mentally prepare for this situation, then this will be a huge weakness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bessos View Post
    TM needs to experience conceding goals and then coming back from behind.

    TM falling behind is something we haven't seen for a while, and we will definitely be seeing this in the World Cup.

    So if TM doesn't mentally prepare for this situation, then this will be a huge weakness.
    Friendlies can help us we let in a goal against montegro and scored again we need a team which can attack and test our players

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    Quote Originally Posted by Persian-Pride87 View Post
    Wow Iran has been so impressive even the notorious Iran hater John Duerden has no choice but give them credit!
    Am I missing something? This guy has had knowledge of and has hyped up iranian players and teams for the last 3 decades? When did he become an Iran-hater?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DR Strangemoosh View Post
    Am I missing something? This guy has had knowledge of and has hyped up iranian players and teams for the last 3 decades? When did he become an Iran-hater?
    Agreed. He isn't an Iran hater but surely loves Korea more. From memory his wife is Korean.

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    To be honest still chances of getting to the second round for TM are low. We have to be lucky to not to be unlucky in the first place, for instance being in a group with Portugal and Argentina would not be easy.
    But yes this team has better chances on paper, we have maturing young stars who are ready to shine, and one of the best coaches on the planet.

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