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Iraq coach Sidka happy that his side has it in their own hands

Arab World Materials 18 January 2011 15:10
Iraq coach Wolfgang Sidka is happy that his side has their fate in their own hands at the Asian Cup.
Iraq coach Sidka happy that his side has it in their own hands

Iraq coach Wolfgang Sidka is happy that his side has their fate in their own hands at the Asian Cup, DPA reported.

The defending champions, who lost their opening game against Iran, but then bounced back with a last-gasp win against the United Arab Emirates, would advance to the next round with a draw or victory against North Korea in their final match on Wednesday, irrespective of the outcome of the other game.

Sidka told a press conference on Tuesday that it was a good feeling to not be dependant on another game. "Every thing is in our hands to go through to the quarter-finals."

He said it would not be easy against the World Cup finalists. "North Korea plays a very different game to Iran. Every style is different and we look at that, but the most important thing is what we do."

Sidka said that the North Koreans were under more pressure than they were, as they had to win. "We have to evaluate how much risk we can take, but you have to play with patience.

"Sometimes the game takes even longer than the 90 minutes, as we know after our game against the UAE."

The German coach said that he knew enough about their opponents. "They have played two games here, I have watched them.

"I know one of their forwards plays in Germany and he is very good. I know that they have some players who have experience from playing in Switzerland.

"I have also been to Pyongyang, so I know a bit of the country."

He said that he was confident ahead of the game. "The atmosphere in the squad is excellent and the mood is very good."

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