Iran’s Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz has spoken ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinal match between his side and China.
In what is the last tournament for Carlos Queiroz as coach of Iran, he will join Colombia after the competition, he has warned his players of the China threat.
Iran and China will meet on January 24 in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
“We know how much the China team has progressed, especially under (coach) Marcello Lippi. It will be another difficult game, as will all the matches going forward,” Queiroz told MENAFN.
“We cannot waste chances as we did against Oman, we must play with a killer instinct and we need to put the ball in the net.”
“In knockout football, it is important to kill the game early, it gives you a tremendous advantage. The most important thing for the next game is to be calmer, to be smarter,” he added.
Iran ended up in the first place of Group D in the tournament after collecting seven points.
The Persians trashed Yemen 5-0 in their first game, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 in the next matchday.
But in the political-charged game against Iraq, both teams ended up tying 0-0.
And on the Round of 16, Iran beat Oman 2-0 to advance to the Quarterfinals where they will meet China at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on January 24.
Meanwhile, China ended up second on Group C, three points behind South Korea.
The Chinese defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 and then the Philippines 3-0.
Their only loss came at the hands of the South Koreans 2-0 in the last group matchday.
China met Thailand on the Round of 16, beating them 2-1.