12/19/2018 3:29:34 PM (GMT+3)

Qatar coach exudes confidence ahead of AFC Asian Cup

Qatar coach exudes confidence ahead of AFC Asian Cup

Doha: Qatar coach Felix Sanchez exuded confidence ahead of the AFC Asian Cup.

The West Asians have four friendlies linedup against Jordan on December 23, Kyrgyz Republic two days later, Algeria (December 27) and Iran on December 31.

Sanchez believed these matches will sharpen his players for the continental showcase in the UAE.

“The four friendlies will be a good opportunity to prepare the players. I have several players to choose from the preparatory camp and I will wait till the friendly matches to decide on the final squad,” Sanchez told www.the-afc.com.

The Spaniard has to name his final squad by December 26.

He called up 27 players for the final phase of training ahead of their Group E challenge which also has Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and DPR Korea.

Qatar have enjoyed good form in the buildup to UAE 2019, defeating China PR, Palestine, Ecuador and Switzerland in international friendlies. They drew with Finland with their only loss coming against Uzbekistan.

Sanchez is cautiously optimistic that Qatar will enjoy a good tournament.

Every team goes into any competition eyeing the title, and the Qatari team’s goal is no different.

“I know Qatari fans have big hopes from the current batch of players and I hope we can deliver. Having said that we are in a tough group, and all the teams deserve respect,” he added.