Esteghlal can defeat Persepolis in Tehran derby: Winfried Schafer

February 27, 2018

TEHRAN – Esteghlal coach Winfried Schafer says that they are capable of beating their arch rivals Persepolis in Tehran derby.

Esteghlal have lost to Persepolis 1-0 in the first half of Iran Professional League season and now are determined to take revenge on them.

“First of all, I liked to face Persepolis in Iran’s Hazfi Cup final but they failed to advance to the final. It could be a special game in Iran and even in Asia,” the German coach said.

“When I took charge of Esteghlal we were in 15th place but we are in the third place now and it shows we’ve progressed,” Schafer said.

Schafer is asked about who he thinks will win the derby, he said, “Esteghlal can defeat Persepolis.”

The match has been scheduled to take place in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

Persepolis will win Iran Professional League title with a win.

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