• Asian Cup
  • 20 January 2019

Pizzi: We left the Past Matches Behind, and are Ready to Face Japan

The First National Team's Technical Manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi, has confirmed his team's readiness for the Japan match tomorrow in the eighth-final round of the 2019 Asian Cup.

Pizzi told a news conference held today, Sunday, afternoon in the conference hall of the Sharjah Stadium that he has a high aspiration to go beyond the eighth-final round and that the National Team reach the highest possible point, indicating that they will face a strong team aspiring to achieve the title.

"I have a great team; an outstanding group of players, and I completely trust them. The match against Japan will not be easy, but we aspire to show a distinguished level and win," he said.

Midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri confirmed their readiness for the match, saying that they succeeded in overcoming the last match with all its details and getting in the mood of tomorrow's match.
Al-Shehri stressed that the Japanese team is a strong team and a candidate for the Asian title, and that they as players are well prepared for the match. "We are one of the strongest teams and each team that will play against us will respect us a lot. We hope to achieve the aspirations of the sports masses", he said.

Midfielder Yahya Al-Shehri renewed his call to the fans of the Greens to support it, praising the role they played during the first-round matches and thanking the Gulf fans who supported the Greens during his Asian journey.

Juan Pizzi yet again spoke about tomorrow's match, noting that all players of the team are ready after the recovery of a number of players from injuries and the return of Salem Al-Dossari after he had been suspended in the match against Lebanon.

"I managed to improve the mood after losing the last match. What happened in the last match is something of the past and we have left it behind. We have an important match that we regard as life or death for us," he said.

The National Team's Technical Manager praised all players of the Greens, explaining that they are at a high level of readiness, as when a team participates in a major tournament, all players must be at the same level of readiness, which is the case of the team now.

Juan Pizzi did not hide his expectation that the Japanese team may achieve the title of the tournament, particularly given that it has outstanding players and most of its elements are professionals in European tounaments, pointing out that tomorrow's match is of equal opportunities and all possibilities are on the table.

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