Japan gained vast popularity at last summer's World Cup when they took the time to clean their changing room after a gut-wrenching last-16 exit to Belgium when they blew a two-goal lead. He goes on to say that he feels a sense of responsibility for this sudden defeat against Qatar who is going to host the 2022 World Cup.
Although the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in the summer, Federation Internationale de Football Association organizers switched it to November and December 2022 due to scorching weather.
"We were better in attack in the second half and we had the chances to tie the game, but the Qatar defense was very tight".
"In claiming their maiden crown, Qatar have set the benchmark for all Asian teams and I am sure their success will serve as an inspiration for everyone to scale even greater heights", he added.
Japan captain Maya Yoshida promised the Blue Samurai would come back stronger after suffering a shock 3-1 defeat by Qatar in the Asian Cup final.
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez, however, said that he is not concerned by the reports.
Japan's Yuya Osako, who scored two goals in an outstanding performance against Iran in the semi-finals, tested the Qatar defensive line at Zayed Sports City but the Wreder Bremen striker was kept quiet.
Almoez Ali has won the title of the tournament's top scorer, with double the amount of goals as that of the next highest scorer.
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With Qatar having a point to prove about their soccer ability, Sanchez was more willing to talk about the landmark of the small Gulf nation contesting a first-ever Asian Cup final.
"To win seven games in a row, we deserve to be champions", Qatar coach Felix Sanchez told AFP as thousands took to the streets back in Doha, many waving flags from vehicle windows and honking their horns in celebration.
"Conceding two goals in the first half ended up being the difference between winning and losing".
Before the final Sanchez was spotted saying that he wants his players to "enjoy and compete" and also show that they deserved to be where they are.
Just 12 minutes into the final, Qatar edged ahead courtesy of a fine effort by Almoez, who latched onto Akram's left-wing cross and juggled the ball a couple of times before brilliantly directing an overhead kick into the far corner.
"These players, they are wonderful in the way they are working and the effort they are putting in to be here and to have this performance".
"It was a super strike - but it's a goal we could have prevented", said the Galatasaray defender.
"We are definitely proud of this", said Ali after the Qatari players had been showered with golden confetti during the trophy ceremony.