Goals from Stevica Ristic and No Byung-Jun gave Pohang a 2-1 semi-final second-leg win over Umm Salal at Qatar Sports Club and a 4-1 aggregate victory overall, thus setting up a showdown with Saudi Arabia's Al Ittihad at Tokyo's National Stadium on November 7.
"To be honest, it was not a good game to watch today. However, we got a good result, that was what we wanted and I think this is a part of the competition," said the 42-year-old Brazilian supremo.
"I said before the game that we were going to do our best to win and that's exactly what happened. We have a good team and that's why we are now in the final. We have always played with an attacking formation and we managed to score four goals over the two semi-final games."
Ibrahima Nadiya scored a consolation free-kick in stoppage time for Umm Salal, who were unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first-leg. And despite seeing his side's surprise Champions League run end at the semi-final stage, coach Gerard Gili was full of praise for his squad's progress.
"I congratulate Umm Salal for their achievements as I believe that we made history in this tournament," said the Frenchman. "I also congratulate Pohang Steelers because they are a strong team and they have shown in the two games that they deserved to advance to the final."
"We had some chances to score in the first-half as did Pohang, but the first-half finished scoreless. I think that against a team like Pohang, you can't afford to miss any chances. Pohang are a decent team and they have a lot of experience in the AFC Champions League. In the second-half, the first goal killed the game for us."