Jurgen Klinsmann says Carlos Queiroz took his Iran comments “completely wrong” before suggesting the backlash he has received is due to his past as an American manager.
The German legend has drawn criticism from the Iranian FA and the country’s head coach after they took issue with his comments about the way they play.
Speaking after Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales, Klinsmann said: “Carlos is fitting in very well with the national team and its culture, he failed in South America with Colombia , then failed to qualify with Egypt, and he arrived just before the World Cup with Iran, where he worked for a long time.
“It’s not by chance, it’s part of their culture, their way of playing.
“They worked the referee. They work the linesman and the fourth official, they are constantly on their ears. There were a lot of incidents that we didn’t see. It’s their culture, they take you out of your game.”
Clearly unhappy with those comments, Queiroz took to Twitter, saying, “Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with typical superiority judgment.
“No matter how much I may respect what you have done on the pitch, these remarks about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football.”
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But after Klinsmann responded by saying his comments were ‘taken out of context’, he sought to clarify what he meant before implying that the furious backlash he received was because he coached the United States Men’s National Team.
Ahead of Germany’s clash with Spain, Klinsmann told the BBC: “He took it completely badly, because what I described was the emotional impact they have on the bench, the players who jump, they constantly talk to everyone on the sideline, and he took it the wrong way.
“He thought I was criticizing him which was not the case at all, so it’s not a problem at all, it’s already over.
“Maybe they took it the wrong way because maybe they see me deep in their eyes, maybe they see me as the coach of the United States, so maybe they feel a bit provoked when it wasn’t a taunt at all, it was just a description of their emotional state on the bench.”