Roma coach Jose Mourinho insists he was not surprised by Japan’s victory against Germany, as European sides tend to focus too much on ‘individuals’.
After Saudi Arabia’s stunning victory over Argentina, Japan continued the shock with a 2-1 victory over Germany.
The Japanese suffered a shock defeat from behind in the second half alongside Hansi Flick, who must now beat Spain on Sunday to keep his World Cup dreams alive.
But the victory came as no surprise to anyone.
Mourinho, who is in Japan for a winter training camp with his Roma side, insists he was not surprised by the win as European teams are often too focused on individuals.
“I haven’t seen the game [Germany-Japan]”I was in bed, the TV was on, but I fell asleep. I was completely devastated after the trip,” said Mourinho.
“Congratulations to Japan, but it’s not such a big surprise, it’s a good team that is growing. In Europe, the focus is on people.
“I’ve coached Asian players and I’m lucky because I’ve coached the best, they have the right mentality, so I don’t think yesterday was a big surprise.
“Here in Japan, I try to be as kind as possible to the wonderful people who show us incredible hospitality, and I want to give something back.”
Japan will meet Costa Rica in their next match and will appreciate their chances after beating Spain 7-0 on Wednesday.
Germany were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup group stage after defeats to Mexico and South Korea, while England knocked them out of Euro 2021.