Huge tempo is building up since the FIFA World Cup 2018 is already in progress. The presence of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Portugal squad may not be a matter of complacency. You might recall that Iran was the first team from Asia to have ensured their berth at the Russian venues with their comfortable score of 2-0 against Uzbekistan. The words of Carlos Queiroz, the coach of the Iranian team that they are not going to Russia as tourists are worth taking them seriously.
In the first two rounds of games, it is creditable that the Iran squad could sustain their consistency without conceding a goal in 18 qualifying games. It was an impressive performance when they played against Syria in the last round. Though two goals by Syria did not discourage the team which Iran also equaled and the match was a draw with 2-2 goals.
With 22 international goals in his pocket, the 22-year-old forward player Sardar Azmoun is undoubtedly the key player. There is no exaggeration that he is a threat to any rival team. With his association with his club level football in Russia, he gels well with the climatic conditions of the venues.
The professional mettle of Carlos Queiroz allowed the continuation of being the Portuguese Manager beyond the FIFA World Cup 2014. You should extend the outstanding credit to him for having rebuilt the squad by inducting the younger blood as Azmoun.
Though Cristiano Ronaldo is very agile, the aging player may not be the goal-mill anymore for the squad. You may vividly remember that the team has stunned everyone in the final match versus France although Ronaldo was injured early.
The Real Madrid hero is still reckoned as the star player for their team in addition to Andre Silva. The striker has 18 goals which he can boast of in the crucial encounters.
Besides the above duo, you can bank on Pepe when he is on the field to defend the rival players from penetrating into his jurisdiction.
The talent of Joao Moutinho would greatly help the squad in achieving their goals in the ensuing fixtures.
The solid team spirit of the squad has the able guidance of Fernando Santos, the coach. After he took over the Portuguese team, he could help the squad in building up a bedrock defense to insulate from the opponents.
Iran with the background of qualification continuously will be representing for the fifth in FIFA World Cup. Therefore, the match between Iran and Portugal will no doubt be very interesting.