Tehran Times – TEHRAN, Iran national football team coach Dragan Skocic says that they are motivated to play South Korea.
Iran will host the Taeguk Warriors in Group A of the 2022 World Cup qualification Round 3 in Tehranâ€™s Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.
Iran lead the group with nine points and a victory put them within sight of a third successive FIFA World Cup appearance.
â€śWe have a very important match against South Korea and are motivated to play them. We have a lot of respect for Korea because they are an organized team,â€ť Skocic said in the prematch news conference.
â€śWe are well-prepared for the match and keep a positive mental attitude,â€ť the Croat added.
Skocic has set a new record of 10 consecutive wins in all competitions with Iran, however it has not been enough to satisfy his critics so far.
â€śI donâ€™t know what should I have done. I really donâ€™t know whatâ€™s the peopleâ€™s expectations. We earned a valuable win over the UAE in a hot and humid condition. We will be doing everything to get better and this is our aim to play better in each match,â€ť he stated.
South Korean stars Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, Hwang Hee-chan and Hwang Ui-jo have traveled to Tehran for this vital match. Skocic is wary of Son Heung-minâ€™s threat.
â€śSon can change the game since he can both score and set goals up. South Korea have also several good players but I believe in my team,â€ť he said.
Skocic also showed his dissatisfaction with those who criticize the National Team under any condition.
â€śSome coaches are going to replace me in the National Team but I have to say them itâ€™s not the right time,â€ť Skocic concluded.
Accompanying Skocic to the press conference, goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand said that he will do his best to register another clean sheet.
â€śWe have shown we are a strong team in our previous 10 matches but we know that it will be quite different match since South Korea are a strong team. I will do my best not to concede a goal in the match against South Korea,â€ť Beiranvand said.