Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira says that to play against Iranian giants Persepolis is a great honor for them but they are here to win the match.
Al Sadd can finish as table-toppers in Group C of the 2018 AFC Champions League with even a draw against Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium on Monday.
Al Sadd currently occupy first position and two more goals from striker Baghdad Bounedjah in a 2-1 victory over Al Wasl in early April confirmed a place in the last 16.
“First of all, I have to say to play Persepolis in Tehran is a great honor for us. Persepolis are a strong team and both teams want to win the group,” Ferreira said in the pre-match news conference.
“Persepolis and Al Sadd have no stress since they have already secured their places in Round of 16. I think the Azadi Stadium is a great atmosphere to play in,” the Portuguese added.
Persepolis key players Mohsen Rabikhah and Farshad Ahmadzadeh will miss the match against Al Sadd due to injury.
“Thank you for telling me about the players but Persepolis are a great team and have so many good players. They want to win the match and we also focus to earn three points,” Jesualdo told the reporters.