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Japan 2016

Quotes: Jeonbuk Hyundai-Mamelodi Sundowns

Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns looks on
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Choi Kanghee, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors coach
“I watched their match against Kashima and I warned my team that Mamelodi have got some very talented and skilful players and that we’d have to press them right from the start. It was our last game of the season and I’m very grateful to the players for the effort they put in. It wasn’t easy to pick them up after losing the first match, but they played really well and fought right to the end. We’ve learned a lot from taking part in this competition and it’s going to help the players and me to grow. I hope we can see each other again next year.”

Pitso Mosimane, *Mamelodi Sundowns coach*
“It was a game of two halves again, but unlike the other times, we were the better side in the second half. We knew Jeonbuk would be tougher opponents than Kashima. They’re the Asian champions and they’re a better side than us. I’m proud of my team, though. They played as I expected them to, though there’s obviously plenty of room for improvement. We’ve learned a few lessons: we have to drop back more quickly, we need to be fitter and we lack pace in the midfield, among other things. The tournament has at least given me a chance to see what my team can do in a global competition. I’ve learned a lot and when we get home we’ll keep on working and try to make it back next year."