Jlloyd Samuel is supremely confident that Esteghlal can progress to the next phase of the Asian Champions League.
The Iranian outfit take on Thailandâ€™s Buriram United in the quarter-final second leg next week following their 1-0 home win late last month.
Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Samuel, who is a key Esteghlal man, feels he and his teammates will give a better account of themselves in the return bout with the Thai club.
â€śThey had the advantage because they had played more games than us before the first leg. Their domestic league is just finishing while ours is just beginning, but I am confident we will improve once we have played more games,â€ť said the 32-year old, who arrived in Tehran prior to the 2012 season.
â€śBuriram did surprise us in the first leg. They were a well organised team and they could pass the ball very well and in the last minutes of the match I believe we were very lucky.
â€śWe were happy with how we played in the first leg, although we could have done better.
â€śThe second leg will be a tough game, but Iâ€™m confident we will play well and win.
â€śWe are only thinking about our second leg and we have to win if we want to advance.â€ť