Oman Will Play Iran with Lots of Motivation: Ashkan Dejagah
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran international midfielder Ashkan Dejagah says they will have a difficult match against Oman since the team will play Team Melli with lots of motivation.
Iran will meet Oman at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Sunday evening in Round of 16 of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
"I think it’s going to be a tough game. Going forward every team we face is going to be highly motivated. We’ve played Oman a couple of times before, they have a good team," Dejagah said.
"We should only focus on our game, we should be able to put pressure on them from the first minute, so that we can achieve victory," he added.
"I believe Oman is going to play with lots of motivation, they played well against Japan and Uzbekistan. Nevertheless, our team is strong as well, we’ve proved this. This is a new game, it’s not the group stage anymore. We should take it seriously and be united in putting in effort," Dejagah stated.
Dejagah played the entire 90 minutes against Yemen and Vietnam but was rested for the Iraq tie, coming on in the final 10 minutes and he has been a rock in Iran's campaign.
"Thankfully, it’s been good for both me and my team. I’ve faced a lot of adversity in the last one-two years, I had a lot of injuries. Nonetheless, I’m glad that I’m in the squad. I can only thank the players of my team, who support me."
"We should learn from our mistakes, Oman is a very important game. We should only be thinking about this game."