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Jurgen Klinsmann has stated that Iran boss Carlos Queiroz took his comments about Iran completely the wrong way.
The Germany legend, while appearing on the BBC on Friday to provide analysis for Iran's 2-0 victory over Iran, said that Queiroz's style - attritional and perhaps slightly negative in its approach - was a perfect match for the national side.
Queiroz took issue with Klinsmann's comments, sending out a series of tweets labelling the 1990 World Cup winner's remarks a 'disgrace to football'.
Jurgen Klinsmann has insisted he wasn't being critical of Iran during punditry on Friday
Eager not to let the situation escalate, Klinsmann sought to offer some clarity regarding his comments.
Klinsmann stated that he was simply describing the actions of players contesting decisions rather than criticising Iran.
Speaking on BBC Sport ahead of the game between Spain and Germany, Klinsmann said of Queiroz: 'He took it completely wrong because what I described was the emotional impact they have on the bench, the players jumping off, always constantly talking to everyone on the sidelines.
'He took it the wrong way as he thought I criticised them but that's not the case at all. It's no problem.'
Klinsmann suggested that Iran may have been angered by his comments due to the fact that he previously coached USA. Iran face USA on Tuesday in their final group game. USA need a victory, while Iran will progress with a draw unless Wales beat England.
'Maybe they see me as a former USA coach so they feel a little bit maybe provoked. This was not a provocation at all. It was just simply describing on the bench. They're going to go into a nailbiter. The US has to win, Iran is okay with a tie, this will be a huge, huge game.'
Klinsmann's explanation came after he had earlier offered a reflection on his comments while speaking on BBC Breakfast.
He said: 'There was stuff really taken out of context. I will try to give him a call and calm things down.
'I have never criticised Carlos or the Iranian bench. Some even thought I was criticising the referee because he didn't do anything about the way they were behaving on the bench.
'All I described was their emotional way of doing things, which