Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz said Thursday that he expected that "football gods" would be on Iran's side at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
"We have experienced players, we have to play three matches. We like the pressure. We'll try to do our best to win our first World Cup match [against Morocco]... We admit that Morocco are the favorites, but we won't tolerate anyone saying that we can't win. We are here to fight with the favorites. We expect football gods to take our side," Queiroz told journalists.
Iran will face Morocco in their first World Cup match in St. Petersburg on Friday before taking on their other Group A rivals - 2010 World Cup winners Spain and reigning European champions Portugal.
"We're fully ready for the match... We hope that we'll prove ourselves competent and manage to score three goals tomorrow... Victory is the best cure in football. The one who starts with a victory will have a great advantage," Queiroz added.
The World Cup will get underway later on Thursday, with the final set to be played on 15 July. The matches will take place at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.