Sanchez, who took over in July 2017 and had his contract extended to 2022 just before the Copa America, said matches like these will help the team reach a higher level before the World Cup.
“We have to forget what happened in the UAE and focus here,” the Spanish coach said, in a reference to the venue for his team’s Asian Cup triumph. “For us to get there (2022) in good conditions, we have to play tournaments like this.”
Qatar captain Hassan Al-Haydos, who was taking selfies on the Maracana pitch before the press conference, agreed.
“We are here to develop, to adapt and to grow,” the striker said. “It is an honor to be in this tournament and to be in Brazil with so many other great teams.”
Next year Qatar will return for another Copa America in Argentina and Colombia. In 2021, the tiny nation will stage the Confederations Cup.
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