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The D-Day is here as India get set to take on Asian powerhouses Iran in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Joint Qualification Game at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Stephen Constantine's side have lost both of the previous qualifiers against Oman and Guam in June this year, and what needs to be seen is whether the underdogs can pose some real threat to Iran today, who are ranked as high as 40th in the world, in comparison to India's 155th ranking.
Iran come into the game at the backdrop of a whopping 6-0 win over Guam on 3 September, while India come after a goalless draw against neighbours Nepal in an international friendly on 31 August in Pune.
And when rankings and performances are concerned, Iran are the favourites in the game today by a long margin. However, former Real Madrid manager and present Iran coach Carlos Queiroz feels otherwise.
"I have great respect for India as opponents. And I don't see the FIFA Rankings as a parameter to judge. It is 11 versus 11 on the field. Nothing less, nothing more!" Queiroz told AIFF's official site.
"We are playing against a difficult opponent. We need three points and so do India. It'll be tough match for both the Teams. Our opponents have families, friends and fans which is the same like us. They also want to win and so do we, " the Portuguese coach added.
Even India coach Constantine believes that his team have a chance to get past Iran on the day, as the performances of the 11 players on the pitch from each team will determine the fate of the game.
"There is a great deal of respect for Iran but don't mistake that for fear. It's 11v11 on the field. If we work hard there is a chance that we can take something from this game; and I believe we can, " the British coach said.