Persepolis Eyes Win over Al Duhail, Coach Says
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Persepolis coach Branko Ivankovic hopes they defeat Qatari giant Al Duhail in the AFC Champions League quarter-final.
The Iranian giant is into the quarterfinals, facing the Qatari team in the last eight.
"Our opponent has shown that it might even be the best team in the whole of Asia so far, so the game will not be easy. In spite all of this, we are still going for the victory," he told Omnisport.
Ivankovic has led Persepolis to back-to-back Iran Professional League titles, as well as the 2017 Iranian Super Cup. The 64-year-old former Croatia assistant said that a variety of factors had led to his team's consistent success.
"This is the third year already that we have been on top of the league, which is hard to do, because one of the hardest things is to achieve continuity and maintain this level of focus and concentration," Ivankovic said.
"The key to success is mainly hard work. There is no success without hard and persistent work. Other main thing is selection of players which is done based on quality, knowledge, eagerness, mentality and character," he concluded.