Tasnim – Iran football coach Carlos Queiroz blamed the quality of Azadi’s pitch in the friendly match against Trinidad and Tobago.
Iran won the match courtesy of a lone strike from Karim Ansarifard in the 50th minute at the Azadi Stadium.
“Unfortunately, the pitch was not so good for both teams as it has been raining a lot in Tehran but I think at the end of the day, there were lots of benefits for both sides. Since 2014 we have not met each other,” Queiroz said.
“I was impressed with the ability of the team to fight, to play and to counter-attack. I am sure also that under other conditions the team would be much better. It was unfortunate that with the state of the grass it was not possible for the skillful players of Iran and especially the skillful players of Trinidad to express themselves,” the Portuguese coach added.
Having played against the Trinidad four years ago, Queiroz said he has seen tremendous improvements, saying the team is much more compact, more aggressive and more organized with young fresh blood in it, Guardian.co.tt reported.
“I think you guys have a good future ahead of you,” said Queiroz. “I want to show my gratitude for this opportunity to work together. It is always a fantastic opportunity for our players because we play against players with good technique, speed, great attitude and physical power, and it’s always an opportunity for us to learn and progress.”