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Asian Cup 2011: Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni Wary Of Qatar Threat

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has warned his men not to underestimate hosts Qatar when the two sides confront each other in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup.

Qatar held Japan to a 1-1 draw in a 2007 Asian Cup group match and will be looking for a victory this time around. Zaccheroni has respect for Bruno Metsu's side and believes that they will give the Japanese a run for their money.

"They have rebuilt themselves after losing their opener and I believe they have the momentum going on further," Zaccheroni is quoted as saying by Fifa.com. "But I am a positive kind of person.

"I don't put things in a negative perspective and I believe we can play well in the next match again. Our team is also in good form and I want to expect a great game."

The 57-year-old Italian went on to declare his happiness with the performance of his players in the competition so far.

"The team is reacting well to what I tell them. I'm very satisfied as they have delighted me with great football at times. The only issue I might as well mention is that they have room to grow in the area of personality.

"As far as I can see, there are no easy games at this tournament. I feel it is a very great tournament which has convinced me that Asian football is in the process of growing further."


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