Japan - New Zealand: Coach Quotes

Asako Takemoto Takakura, Japan coachI’m extremely happy to have reached the quarter-final. There were, however, a few things that will need to be addressed. This was our last group match and I was keen to get as many players involved as possible, so they could benefit from the experience. This win helps us wrap up the first round on a high. Starting from tomorrow, we’ll start preparing for the upcoming fixture in earnest, and I’ll do all I can to get the players performing their best. My goal is to play good football.

Jitka Klimkova, New Zealand coachJapan are a tough team and difficult to predict. I think they’re favourites to win the tournament. Obviously, I’m not happy about losing 3-0. That said, I still think our participation here was a very positive experience. Our performance this evening was much better than when we played them in a recent friendly. We’re on the right track and I’m deeply proud of each and every one of my players for the huge efforts they’ve made today.