TEHRAN (Tasnim) Iran national football team's coach Carlos Queiroz is excited to meet Iraq in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 on Wednesday. - Sports news - Iran and Iraq are going to keep their undefeated record when they clash at the Al Maktoum Stadium. Both sides booked their place in the Round of 16 after wins over Yemen and Vietnam, with Iran currently ahead on goal difference.
"We are excited for the game because I am sure it will be a great game for both teams, and for the fans of Iran and Iraq. So let's enjoy and have some fun,' said Queiroz.
"Nothing in football comes again. You never play the same two games, never the same competition twice, never make a simple training session two times in your life.'
"So the match is a new beginning, a new story, a new game. Something that the players, coaches, the referees must be ready to write another script about in the game,' he noted.
"Of course we can't forget that we're in the Asian Cup, a difficult competition. Everybody comes here with dreams, and now it's time for us to express ourselves.'
"What happened in the past doesn't win and lose games. It doesn't have any influence on our state of mind in this game, we're just here to enjoy good games. All of us need to know why we are here. We are here to play for the people, the values that I have shared with my players; do it with full commitment, honesty, good fighting spirit and be loyal to the team.'
'This will not be different, doesn't matter if we play Iraq, who we respect, or Argentina. It's always to respect the team that's in front of us," Queiroz concluded.