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Côte d'Ivoire-Japan: Quotes

Head coach Alberto Zaccheroni of Japan looks on
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Sabri Lamouchi, Côte d’Ivoire coach
We didn’t start the game very well by conceding through a lapse in concentration. After that, we got into a lot of good positions. For us it was really important to start well this tournament. To have a player like Didier Drogba in your squad, as a starter or a sub, changes a game. The players are very happy with the victory, but we are not yet qualified.

Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
The players gave 100 per cent but we weren’t cohesive enough. After we took the lead, we did go on the back foot, but that was because of our opponents' attacking qualities - not through our own choosing where they really pushed us back. That especially happened on the wings. Despite my substitutions, I wasn't able to change the course of the game. We weren’t aggressive enough and we need to improve on that because we’ve been playing better than that – and we can play better than that – and we’ll work on that in our next two game.

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