Hector Cuper: Our goal is not only to reach 2019 AFC Asian Cup final, but also win the title

We always prepare for all training matches as official matches in order to trial our tactics, strategies, formation and new players. But, aim of friendly matches is not result, but produce high-quality players and team.

However, everything may happen in friendly matches as we tried to play a good football against Korea Republic. I cannot be critical, the spirit was good, the desire was good, but result was so awful.

Of course, many questions have arisen after an unsuccessful result in Australia training camp receiving a 4-0 defeat from Korea Republic and a goalless draw with Lebanon. However, we found this training camp was helpful as it proved where we have weak points.

The final 23-men squad for AFC Asian Cup 2019 will be announced after Turkey training camp, which will be finalised with the only friendly match, but our decision will be decided according to all three training camps in October, November and December.

Our main goal is not only to reach the final in 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but win the title in UAE and back home as champions.

All three opponents, Japan, Turkmenistan and Oman are strong enough, but their rankings are just on paper and we are preparing for three important group stage matches.

I see our players have enough quality, strength and ability to execute our plans on the pitch. We have alternative tactics, which means that we can show defensive and offensive football that both styles we may use in any single match.


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