Hector Cooper: “We will make every effort to reach FIFA World Cup”
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- China Cup-2019 International Tournament will be the preparatory stage for the qualifying matches of the World Cup. Strong teams will participate in this tournament. This was stated by the head coach of the national team of Uzbekistan Hector Cooper.
“For 8 days we will play 2 matches. It will be very useful for us to enter the field against such a national team, in which the strongest players of the game are Luis Suárez, Diego Godin, Edinson Cavani. Our main goal is to improve the game of our team. We made some conclusions on the results of the Asian Cup. That’s right, we lost in the 1/8 final. It’s my fault. But the team performed well. I am watching the progress of the game. I want my players to play with Uruguay as well as with Australia in the Asian Cup,” the coach said.
“There is always a little time left to prepare the national team. We make plans accordingly. It is important that training sessions are held. For example, training camp in Turkey before the Asian Cup football was very useful for us. Our game has improved to a great extent,” Cooper added.
“We also wanted to call the Olympic team players to participate in the tournament in China. However, we decided not to disturb the members of the Olympic team, because they are facing important qualifying matches. They appointed a wonderful coach to the post of head coach of the Olympic team. We met with him and exchanged views. Lyubinko Drulovic knows Spanish. That is why we spoke to him freely and without interruption. We regularly attract young players to our lineup,” he said.
“At present, all our attention is focused on winning a ticket to the World Cup. Together with the national team of Uzbekistan, we analyze the matches of national teams participating in the Asian Cup. We can meet them again at the World Cup qualifier. I can say that if we work together, then we can defeat Asian giants such as Japan, Australia and South Korea. We just have to rely on ourselves,” the head coach of the national team of Uzbekistan said.
“The games of the national team are analyzed by my assistants. Of course, they use various programs and websites to get statistics. But in the analysis it is necessary to pay attention to the human factor, not limited to dry numbers. Player patriotism, his ability to work on the field, his passion and enthusiasm play an important role. I’m reading a book now. They say that after 50 years, coaches will be able to control players using different technologies without leaving the room. I do not know when, but it will happen in the future. But I prefer live communication,” he noted.
“I live in Uzbekistan for more than six months. Having got acquainted rather closely with Uzbek football, I came to the conclusion that there are many strong players here. They can easily play in European clubs. Only they must work independently and work harder. And then it will be useful both for them and for the team,” Hector Cooper said.