Branko Ivankovic: We must defeat Al Rayyan

( Iran’s Persepolis football team’s head coach Branko Ivankovic says that they have no way but to defeat Al Rayyan.

Persepolis football team will host the Qatari club in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Monday in Group D of the AFC Champions League.

“I hope that our supporters to come out in numbers and fill up the stadium. Our results in Iran Professional League are convincing and we expect to see our fans in the stadium,” Ivankovic said in the pre-match news conference.

“Al Rayyam match is very important for us and we have a difficult task ahead of us. Persepolis has no way but to win the match,” the Croat added.

“Our players are well-prepared for the match and we hope to make our fans happy at the end of the match,” Ivankovic said.

“We lost to Al Rayyan 3-1 in Doha despite a good performance but that’s football. Al Rayyan has several international players and takes advantage of a good coach,” he stated.

“Persepolis just concentrates on winning the match,” Ivankovic concluded.