Everything is possible, but I can't see former Barcelona legend Xavi missing for the second year in a row the chance to play in the AFC Champions League. Al Sadd looks like a more stable team this time than they were last year when they lost to Al Jazira of UAE in the play-offs. However, this will be a very difficult trip as almost always are for Qatari teams when they play in Iran. Iran national team defeated Qatar in September last year, but it was a pretty balanced game and took only a mistake by Qatar keeper to open the score in the 90 minutes. Making a comparsion I think Esteghlal doesn't the level of Iran, while Al Sadd have many players in the Qatar national team. They are not at the same of course as Lekhwiya players are important, but are over there. I don't know too much about Esteghlal, but according to some reports the situation is not very good there. Teymourian and Djeparov have both left and they have lost one of their key players in Rouzbeh Cheshmi because all contracts that have been signed in this transfer window have been annulled following the sanctions from criminal organization named FIFA. Al Sadd with all their key players including Hamroun who seems to be recovered from injury. It will be a squad full of foreigners. Before last week didn't know that even Ali Asad and Ibrahim Majed are not Qatari. The first was born in Bahrain and the second in Kuwait. That being said only first keeper Saad al-Dosari and Hassan Al-Haydos are 100% Qatari.
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