Quieroz bemoans lack of preparation

Iran coach Carlos Quiroz has bemoaned his side's lack of preparation ahead of the AFC Asian Cup which kicks off in Australia on 9 January.

The former Manchester United assistant manager is less than convinced by his side's status as tournament favourites, slamming the issues faced by Team Melli ahead of the tournament.

Quieroz said: "The only thing which is disturbing for our team is the preparation. My team is not prepared as it should be according to the demands and dreams of the Iranian FA because we struggle with some problems, financial problems, to support the team.

"Our expectation was to come here with more camps and more games. You can't have too much expectations when we only play two games from July until now.

"Its not enough. But I can count on the spirit of the players and the strong mentality to try to make the right balance."

He added: "A competition like the Asian Cup is always a very difficult and complex situation for all the teams, especially the ones that come from far away. We are mentally prepared to fight for a win in every single game but our explanation and approach is just to think about the next game.

"We know that without the first game, the second game there is no future. For us it's a very simple approach: be focussed and concentrate on Bahrain, and that's it, after we start to think about the next game.

"We have been struggling a little bit with the jet lag [and] the environment is very warm and humid for us."