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Russia ready to face strong Iran: Stanislav Cherchesov

Tehran Times - Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov says that they are ready to play Asia’s best football team Iran in a friendly.

Cherchesov replaced Leonid Slutski after the Euros.

No. 64 Russia will host Team Melli (25th) in Kazan Arena in Kazan on October 10th. The Russian will face South Korea three days earlier in Moscow.

“I’ve previously talked about a friendly between Russia and Iran with Carlos Queiroz and now it’s going to happen,” Cherchesov said in an interview with IRNA.

“We’ve seen Iran’s match with South Korea and I have to say they take advantage of good players such as (Sardar) Azmoun, (Milad) Mohammadi and (Saeid) Ezatolahi. The friendly match will be an important warm-up match and I am sure my friend Queiroz thinks so. We are going to play a beautiful football with strong Iran and I am sure the fans will fill the seats,” he added.

“We have new players with new ideas in our football. Just 30 percent of the former players are in the new team. Russia football team are more interesting at the moment,” Cherchesov stated.

Russia played a friendly match against Iran in Abu Dhabi, the UAE in February 2011, losing the game 0-1. The team of the former Soviet Union played against Iran on three occasions winning all of them - in 1976 (Olympic Games 2-1), in 1978 (1-0) and in 1985 (2-0).

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