Qatar coach Felix Sanchez mentioned his facet shouldn’t be branded a “failure and disappointment” after they misplaced their second group sport towards Senegal on Friday, a outcome that places the World Cup hosts getting ready to elimination from the match.
After shedding their opener to Ecuador, Qatar did lastly handle to attain a aim within the match however fell to a 3-1 loss to the African facet which leaves them backside of Group A with no factors.Qatar are the reigning Asian champions however are taking part in of their first World Cup.
“I do suppose we performed a very good sport. Once you come right here it’s worthwhile to know the place you’re coming from (as a rustic). If this can be a failure and disappointment, that is dependent upon expectations,” Sanchez advised reporters.
“Our aim was to be aggressive… We’ve been working for thus many months to have the ability to give a very good efficiency.
“However typically the match doesn’t play out as you count on. It additionally is dependent upon the opponents’ efficiency. We didn’t play at our high degree. We have been aggressive however didn’t enhance.” With a last sport towards group favourites the Netherlands looming, Qatar are at risk of changing into the primary World Cup hosts to fail to win a single sport.
“We’re conscious of how powerful this competitors is. We needed to go far however we all know we had limitations as a rustic,” Sanchez added.
“It’s a small nation, not a really giant inhabitants. The native league shouldn’t be a really aggressive one.
“It’s our first time on the World Cup. If we are able to participate once more, that will be nice. It’s at all times helpful to get extra expertise.”
When requested if the crew had reached the tip of a cycle, Sanchez disagreed however admitted there may very well be modifications once they defend their Asian Cup crown subsequent 12 months.
“We’ve some younger gamers and extra skilled gamers… Our aim could be very clear, we can have a generational shift. Some gamers will depart, others will come,” he mentioned.
“We’d have new gamers on the Asian Cup subsequent 12 months, some gamers can not play at their greatest for such a very long time, however it’s not the tip of a cycle.”