We need much more than a step of magic in 2018 World Cup: Car­los Queiroz

Tehran Times - - SPORTS -

Car­los Queiroz be­lieves that in Rus­sia 2018 Team Melli faces the big­gest chal­lenge in Iran’s World Cup his­tory.

The head coach of Iran na­tional foot­ball team wrote on his Face­book ac­count: “We must be united to face this huge chal­lenge.”

Re­fer­ring to the groups which Iran was drawn in the four pre­vi­ous pres­ence in World Cups, Queiroz added: “We need much more than a step of magic in our prepa­ra­tion. We need a magic lead­er­ship to guide and ex­e­cute one special, cre­ative, in­no­va­tive World Cup Prepa­ra­tion Pro­gram that can sup­port and de­velop our lo­cal based play­ers to another level, that is to the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball stan­dards.”

“The re­al­ity it is, that we need to im­prove our play­ers based in Iran in or­der to in­crease our chances to com­pete with suc­cess in Rus­sia 2018. The truth is that our do­mes­tic league stan­dards are far away from in­ter­na­tional tech­ni­cal de­mands, and from the in­ten­sity and game rhythm of the best cham­pi­onships.

We don’t have another op­tion.” He wrote.

The Por­tuguese coach pointed to what Team Melli should do to be able to com­pete with their big ri­vals in World Cup: “It is im­per­a­tive that our lo­cal based play­ers can be sub­mit­ted to one sys­tem­atic and long term Prepa­ra­tion Pro­gram, dur­ing this sea­son, in or­der to re­duce the gap and in­crease our chances to suc­ceed. Not to ac­cept, or not to face this fact, like it or not, is to com­mit sui­cide.”

“I truly hope and wish all mem­bers of our foot­ball com­mu­nity un­der­stand the present sit­u­a­tion, so they can show the com­mit­ment, sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion on be­half of Team Melli in­ter­ests,” he added.

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