Oliviera: We must beat Nasaf

Tractorsazi are at the bottom of the Group D standings with four points, but could ascend up to second if they secure the three points from their match against Nasaf. 

However, even though Nasaf have the same record as his side in the AFC Champions League, Oliviera pointed out that his side cannot afford to take it easy. 

"Tomorrow we have a very tough match against Nasaf," he told the official AFC website. "The teams in this group are equally strong while all of them still have the chance to qualify to the next round.

"Nasaf is a very well organised and disciplined team and that’s why they are currently at the top of the Uzbekistan League, but we are more than determined to take the three points from this home game."

With only one win in the four games they have played thus far, Oliviera is hoping that the match against Nasaf will mark a change in his side's fortunes. 

Oliviera rued the fact that he doesn't have a full-strength squad for the match, which will be played at the Yadegar Emam Stadium in Tabriz. 

"Since I came here to Tabriz we have had a limited squad available, three players have been suspended due to military service issues and Fardin Abedini is ruled out due to injury," he said. "But we will give our best to get the best results both in the Iran league and the AFC Champions League. 

"On paper we have still a chance of qualifying but Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli and UAE-based Al Ahli are in a better position than us to make it to the next round. 

"So we have to be realistic about that and see how much investment is done for preparations of every team to take part in the continental challenge. Still, we will give our best to qualify as group runner-ups."

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