With the winners of Group F due to face either Saudi Arabia or Qatar in the Round of 16 and the runners-up slated to meet Australia, attention has been drawn towards the potential opposition in the next phase of the competition.
But while Cuper admitted he may choose to rest several players, he is adamant his team will still be looking to pick up all three points at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium.
“The most important thing is to win, it doesn’t matter if we make some changes or not,” said the former Egypt coach. “I don’t like it when people say we should play depending on which rival we will meet in the next round. It doesn’t matter to me who we are going to play."
“Some are saying Australia is a tough opponent, but there may be some surprises. Even the team we think is a smaller team, at the end of the day they may win. So everything is possible in this tournament."
“If you want to win the AFC Asian Cup you should be ready to play against any team. You should not hesitate. I coached in the UEFA Champions League and I have a lot of experience and I never used to choose to select my rivals. I used to play against any rival. The opposition don’t matter.”