Tehran Times – MADRID, Spain national football team head coach Julen Lopetegui has praised the Iranian national football team.
In an interview with channel Movistar, the Spaniard has said Team Melli is a powerful team.
Spain have been drawn along with Iran, Morocco and Portugal in Group B of the 2018 World Cup.
The Reds will meet Portugal on June 15 and play Team Melli five days later.
Spain will face Morocco in their last group stage match on June 25.
“Iran are the most powerful team in Asia, while Morocco have qualified for the 2018 World Cup ahead of Ivory Coast,” Lopetegui said.
Lopetegui also said the opening match against Portugal could be a final match.
“The game [with Portugal] could be a final. We will try to get there in the best possible way and with great humility,” said the Spanish coach.
“The Portuguese national team are European champions and have their best players in history and a great generation guided by a very experienced coach,” Lopetegui added.