Iran defender Hosseini expects tough battles in AFC Asian

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TEHRAN, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iran's international defender Majid Hosseini said there is a difficult task ahead of them to win the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Tehran Times daily reported on Thursday.

Iran, who have been drawn in Group D along with Yemen, Vietnam and Iraq, are trying to end their 43-year title draught in the tournament.

Carlos Queiroz's men will start their campaign with a match against Yemen on January 7 in Abu Dhabi.

Hosseini, who currently plays at Turkish top flight team Trabzonspor, proved himself as a strong defender in Iran's national team line-up against Spain and Portugal in Russian World Cup competitions.

"Queiroz is a great coach and we could defeat Morocco in the World Cup with him. He had exact analysis of the teams we played in the World Cup," Hosseini said.

"Iran will have a difficult task in the AFC Asian Cup since the Asian teams have improved. For example, Qatar have progressed in the recent years," Hosseini was quoted as saying.

"I am a soldier of Team Melli (national team) and will do my best in the competition, no matter if I am not in starting lineup," Hosseini added. Enditem

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