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Morocco boss spent SIX months preparing for Iran

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Morocco boss Herve Renard has revealed that he spent SIX months preparing for the side’s opening game against Iran in the World Cup and is confident that his inexperience will not hamper their chances

The French coach will be going up against former Real Madrid manager Carlos Queiroz, who will be making his fourth appearance at the World Cup on Friday, as Morocco play Iran at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium.

While the match will mark Renard’s first in the World Cup, he is confident that it will not be a factor against his vastly experienced counterpart Queiroz.

“We have a coach who will play his fourth World Cup,” said Renard, according to Iol.

“I’m here for the first time, I’m a beginner. But we are not here to take pictures of the monuments in St Petersburg. We are here to compete. Mr Queiroz is always full of surprises, but since the draw we have given a lot of thought to the Iran team.”

Both Morocco and Iran are expected to have an early exit in group B with European champions Portugal and 2010 winners Spain also in the group.

But Renard has done his homework and believes he is prepared for anything right now.

“We’ve been working and observing for over six months, we’ve been deciphering all their matches for the last two years,” he added.

“For us, it’s rather simple. We have three teams which in the FIFA rankings are all above us. They are superior to us and we’ve prepared for Iran like we have prepared for Spain and Portugal. This particular match is not more or less important.”