Al Hilal coach Laurentiu Reghecampf insists they were the better team over two legs of their Asian Cup final defeat to Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers, a club just three years old, held the Saudis to a 0-0 draw last night to win the Asian Cup 1-0 on aggregate.
"We had bad luck and we had many chances. We were the best team over the two games," said Romanian coach Reghecampf, who was appointed as Al Hilal coach in May following the Round of 16.
"If you lose one game when you play bad, you can congratulate the other team. But when you play how we played and they play how they played, we feel very bad."
He added: "We had a lot of chances but we missed them. If the ball does not come to our strikers they cannot score and that's why we have to find a balance between attack and defence.
"I think the fans saw what we did in this match. The players tried their best. We didn't deserve to lose this game."
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