First, congrats to Al Duhail and Al sadd for their win in the first leg. Second, do not want to make excuses but Esteghlal lost almost all of its key players from last year like Majid Hosseini, Omid Ebrahimi, Omid Noorafkan, Mame Thiam, Server Djeparov, etc. Perspolis lost many key players (Vahid Amiri, Farshad Ahmadzadeh, Sadegh Moharrami, Mohsen Mosalman, etc) and was not able to sign any player due to transfer ban. FIFA rejected Perspolis request to lift transfer ban. (https://financialtribune.com/articl...jects-persepolis-request-to-lift-transfer-ban) Personally I am happy those Iranian players like Hosseini, Amiri, Moharrami, Noorafkan, etc. decided to go overseas because that is what I personally prefer for our players. Anyway congrats again.