The coach if the winning Asian Champions League team has praised the competition for its high standards.
Pohang Steelersâ€™ Sergio Farias, who guided the Korean outfit to Asian glory, said the standard was exceptional and his sideâ€™s achievements were made even better as they were competing in three other competitions.
Speaking to the-afc.com in an exclusive interview, Farias said: â€śFor this competition, the level was very high. The high standards meant we were exhausted and became very tired.
â€śFor us it wasnâ€™t just the AFC Champions League. We were also playing in four different competitions at the same time.
â€śThere were injuries (to the players) and I think the trick was in producing an optimum performance in all the different competitions. I think we did it well.
â€śSome games were very demanding technically. The group games against Kawasaki Frontale were exceptional and the Final too. These matches were extremely technical.â€ť
Farias said after clinching the Asian Champions League as well as the Peace Cup, the Steelers would now focus their attentions on winning the domestic league.
â€śWe lost the Korean FA Cup but were able to win the other two (Peace Cup and ACL). So I fully expect we can achieve our goal of becoming the K.League champions,â€ť he added.
â€śIf we do it, it would also prove our staff are doing an excellent job as our players are quite tired.â€ť