As Oman’s campaign in the second round qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup reaches the halfway stage, Oman’s coach Paul Le Guen is expecting his wards to be ready for tough battle against Iran in their next Group D match.
The match, to be played at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher, is a crucial tie considering both fancied Iran as well as Oman will be hoping to stamp their authority and seal a win. The match is most likely to decide which team will be in pole position to top the group and clinch a direct berth in the Asian Cup and a place in the third round qualifiers for the World Cup.
French coach, while announcing his list of probables for the camp ahead of Iran and India matches on Saturday, said: “We will be playing two tough games. Especially Iran match will surely be tough.”
“India comes next. But fist we have to deal with Iran match,” Le Guen said.
“We are underdogs. But we have to prepare well and be ready to fight for full points,” he added.
“We have already dropped two points against Guam,” Le Guen said referring to a goalless draw against Guam in their previous match.
“We cannot afford to do that any more if we want to finish on top of the group or as one of the four best runners-up to advance further,”
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