Jose Mourinho praised Japan’s victory over Germany. At the same time, the Portuguese admitted that he was not particularly surprised, because Europeans focus too much on individual quality.
Currently, AS Roma is on training camp in Japan. Jose Mourinho was able to see with his own eyes how the country celebrates a surprising victory over Germany (2: 1).
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At the official press conference of the Italian team, the Portuguese was asked to speak about Wednesday’s game. The experienced coach admitted that he was not particularly surprised by the attitude of the Japanese.
– Of course, it’s a fantastic achievement, but honestly, it’s not a huge surprise. Japan is a good team with good players who have accumulated experience. Most footballers play in Europe, where they develop quickly and understand better what the top level is. I think the mentality of players and teams is also important Mourinho said.-
– At the moment in European football we are very focused on individuals, on egos. That’s the difference. I have never coached Japanese players but I have coached Asian players and in my case I was lucky because I coached the best players from that region – added.
– I understood that the mentality is really unique. The team is the most important, people play for the team, not for themselves – emphasized the coach of AS Roma.
In the next match of the World Cup, Japan will play Costa Rica. If the Asians win, they will be sure of advancing from the group.