AFC – ABU DHABI, Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz has been quick to dismiss the notion that his side are favourites to win the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 after Thursday’s impressive 3-0 win over China PR saw Team Melli book their place in the semi-finals.
Iran shone brightly throughout the victory, with goals from Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun and substitute Karim Ansarifard ultimately making the difference as Queiroz’s charges reached the last four of Asia’s premier event for the first time since 2004.
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“The win against China is a very important one for both me and my players,” declared the former Manchester United assistant coach.
“Our dream has always been to be in the middle of the top teams in the final four, something which we have now done and are very happy about.
“However, there are only three
“In front of us we have just another game. Of course, the game has added significance in terms of enthusiasm and excitement, but when the whistle goes you simply have to play.
“This is especially true as now we know the big sharks will come for us – the
With Japan waiting in the wings, Queiroz believes Iran must improve even further if they are to overcome one of the best sides in Asia.
“We must always progress with the same humble attitude and strive to be better every game,” he said.
“I always say to my team that after a match the Iranian shirt must always be in a higher place. What we did against China will not work [in the match against Japan], so we need to ensure that we improve game after game.”