I do believe that this game, especially this one between IR Iran and Yemen tomorrow, it is a huge mission for both teams. We come here with the goal of building bridges of hope, not bridges of fear. That is what the players will be focused on tomorrow, to produce great entertainment, happiness, and pride for the fans, in Yemen, and in Iran. We cannot control the outcome of the game, but we can control our attitude and commitment. I always challenge my players to play for the people, with the responsibility of finishing the game with the head up, being sure that when leaving the pitch, they know the fans are proud of them and feel happy with the courage, the bravery, and the positive attitude. This is what always matters for me, and I feel proud of my players for that. There is a lot of people working and suffering outside and football has always the obligation to produce entertainment and happiness for them. This is what both teams will do for sure tomorrow. Most of the people sometimes don’t know the meaning of FIFA; for me, it is Football International Family Association. We belong to the same family, the family of entertainment, joy, happiness. This is what both teams will work for tomorrow, on finishing the game feeling proud, of yourself, and your family, friends, and fans…; finishing the game with that wish of watching another football match right after. This is what matters.
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