KAZAN Russia (Xinhua) --
Spain want to fully concentrate on their upcoming
game against Iran despite recent turbulences following the
change of head coach, coach and players here said on Tuesday.
“The Iranian team
are very strong, both in defending and attacking. They have very
clear ideas about what they want to do. And they are very strong
physically,” Spain’s new coach Fernando Hierro told a press
conference at the Kazan Arena here.
Julen Lopetegui as Spain coach 26 hours before their opening
World Cup game against Portugal. The 2010 world champions drew
3-3 with the Portuguese side led by star player Cristiano
Ronaldo after a fierce battle.
“Now we have to
forget Portugal and concentrate on Iran. It’s our second game,
and it will be hard. We need the three points,” said Hierro,
adding that a win would give them an advantage in Group B.
“We want to do
everything in our power. We know it will be a hard game, and our
opponents are very strong. But on other hand, we have done many
things right, and we have to trust ourselves,” he added.
Spain’s star midfielder, echoed Hierro’s words, saying that the
team are more than ready to go forward.
“We want to forget
that change (of coach). It has been a difficult situation for
anyone. Now we want to concentrate on what we have to do, on
what we have,” he said.
midfielder pointed out that one of the strengths of the team
lies in that most of them know each other very well after
playing together for many years. “We have always been a very
united team. In the end, I know we all trust each other blindly,
and we try to defend the same idea and concept,” he said.
veteran player is probably playing his last World Cup. When
asked about what achievement he wants to make, he said that
athletes always want to achieve the highest possible title, and
they are now hoping to win the World Cup here.
“But on the other
hand, we know it’s not going to be easy, and we will have to
work very hard. Though we have big dreams, we want to
concentrate on what we have to do for the next step,” he said.
Iran coach expects
team to do their best in battle against Spain
KAZAN, Russia, (Xinhua) --
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said on Tuesday that his team have
nothing to lose but will just do their best in the upcoming
battle against powerhouse Spain.
“It’s really a
unique opportunity for us to play against Spain. All of my team
are enthusiastic, excited and happy for this opportunity to
play against this fantastic team,” Queiroz told a press
conference at the Kazan Arena.
Noting that Spain
are a very strong team with great power of controlling the ball
and the pace and many “super” players, Queiroz said that it
will be a good opportunity for his team to learn and grow better
through the game.
“We don’t have
amazing players like the Spanish team do. But we have
opportunities to improve, we know how to work hard, how to
concentrate. The better they are, the more we will fight,” he
“We will try to take
any opportunity we might have, and whenever we can get the ball,
we will get it. It’s the only opportunity to win, (that is) to
be positive,” he added.
Queiroz will have to
rebuild his defense after player Roozbeh Cheshmi was ruled out
suffering a muscle injury in training on Sunday.
absence, Queiroz said that it was bad news, but his team will
focus on what they can do.
Masoud Shojaei also appeared at the press conference. He said
that Cheshmi is undoubtedly a key player but Iran have other
players who can fill in his position.
“We are not just a
team, we are a family and a nation. I believe we have already
shown this: in difficult situation, we always unite and are able
to show our best,” he said, adding that the team will play
better to show how much they miss their brother Cheshmi.
Iran won the second
victory in its World Cup history on June 15 in a dramatic way,
after Moroccan substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz headed the ball into
his own net.
The Team Melli,
having entered the World Cup before but never progressed beyond
the group stage, are eager to rewrite history this summer in