Former Bafana Boss Reveals How He Wants To Stop Ronaldo's Portugal
Former Bafana Bafana Boss Reveals How He Wants To Stop Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal
Former Bafana Bafana boss Carlos Queiroz, now coach of Iran, has revealed how he plans to stop Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B encounter on Monday.
The Iranians, who have picked up three points in the tournament so far, need to beat the 2016 European Championship holders if they are to have any hope of qualifying for the round of 16 in Russia.
Queiroz, who was born in Mozambique, knows his side face an uphill battle at the Mordovia Arena, but has insisted his team is well prepared.
"It is a great honour to be here knowing that on Monday we are still fighting for our dream," the 65-year-old said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"We are still alive with full hopes and full commitment to try to get a historic qualification for the next round.
"Portugal are a candidate to win the World Cup and one of the favourites, but our philosophy will be the same. It will be based on respect, realism and romanticism because we have based our game on those fundamentals.
"We are not here to be nice losers, we have come here to compete and to work with dignity and pride.
"If Morocco and Spain were difficult (games), Portugal is even more difficult. We knew this, we did not come here to play easy teams.
"Not even in their dreams did my players imagine they would one day play against Cristiano, and all of Portugal's other great players, so they are very excited.
"We will try to do our best, concentrate and fight from the first minute. We have nothing to lose, they have everything to lose, we have everything to gain.
"We also hope we have that bit of luck that is always necessary."
Iran beat Morocco 1-0 in their opening game of the tournament, and narrowly lost to Spain by the same margin last week.
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