• Saudi National Team
  • 24 December 2018

Pizzi: Happy with the Level we have Attained Before 2019 Asian Cup

Argentinean Coach of the First National Team, Juan Antonio Pizzi expressed full satisfaction with the level that the players have attained, just a few days before the 2019 Asian Cup kicks off in the UAE.

Pizzi said in an interview for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation website that the technical staff is very satisfied with the Team's preparation stages, pointing out that the objectives of each preparatory camps have been achieved and completed.

He added: "We came to this camp as we were looking forward to reaching this stage before the 2019 Asian Cup."

Regarding the National Team list, he said: "We have been watching and evaluating the performance of each player with his club during the recent period, and we are examining all the possibilities and potentials that they can provide us with in the stadium, and we also take into account, when selecting the players on the list, whether they participated with us in previous camps and know the way we work as a technical staff."

He stated: "We have to be fully aware of their abilities and strengths, and we rely on this in every match with the National Team in such tournaments."

He added: "In this regard, we have selected three new players to the National Team camp after a comprehensive follow-up of all Saudi Professional League players throughout the current season, and we have tried other players during the last camp but we did not call them to this camp."

He also added: "But we, as a technical staff, believe that this list is the best in terms of the integration of its elements, and will allow us to have certain tactical plans, and I think these players are in their best technical and physical form for the time being."

Pizzi concluded his statement by saying: "My message to everyone is to enjoy the championship. Let's all know that the Asian Cup is a football tournament, and we deserve to take part in this event. We are ambitious to show an outstanding level and we have had a good preparation process, prompting us to appear in an honorable manner in this edition of the Asian Cup."

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