Jesus Casas warned his Iraq aspect they should be “very best” in opposition to Jordan and pledged to head at the assault of their Asian Cup last-16 conflict on Monday.
At the side of hosts and holders Qatar, and Iran, Iraq had been certainly one of handiest 3 groups to achieve the knockout rounds with a 100% file.
That integrated defeating pre-tournament favourites Japan 2-1, elevating hopes again house that Iraq can repeat their fairytale 2007 Asian Cup triumph.
However their Spanish trainer Casas on Sunday tried to minimize their name possibilities, beginning in opposition to Jordan.
“If we give a great event, it’s conceivable to win. But when we make one mistake on this event, you are saying ‘bye bye’,” he stated.
“We’re more than pleased with our event till now and I believe the Iraqi persons are very pleased with the gamers and their efficiency,” added Casas, a former assistant to Luis Enrique in Spain’s nationwide crew.
“However the following day we now have an overly, very, very arduous event in opposition to an overly, superb crew.
“In any event, all is conceivable — one pink card, one penalty, one mistake, anxiety, so we don’t seem to be favourites.”
A Jordan victory would on the other hand be a surprise.
Against this to Iraq’s 3 wins from 3 within the crew degree, Jordan received one event and reached the knockout rounds as one of the most 4 best possible third-placed aspects.
Casas is cautious of Jordan’s attackers however may not trade his philosophy, his Iraq crew having scored 8 targets thus far.
“Our taste is apparent — we you need to be offensive, have the ball below regulate, make a large number of possibilities,” stated Casas.
“We do not trade our taste.”
On the pre-match press convention, the 50-year-old used to be irked by means of a query about interviews he has given to Spanish media right through the event, calling any grievance “a large silly”.