Thursday, 20th December 2012
Sato believes Sanfreece Hiroshima can mix it with the best
Hisato Sato believes that he still has some way to go until reaching his full potential.
The 30-year-old striker has just enjoyed a stellar season with J League champions Sanfreece Hiroshima and was the team's star player at the FIFA Club World Cup, which played out in Japan earlier this month.
And with Sato led his team to a famous 3-2 victory over AFC Champions League winners Ulsan Hyundai, he doesn't envisage slowing down any time soon.
Speaking to FIFA.com, the soccer star explained that the team had felt plenty of pressure on them to beat their Asian rivals, despite the fact that Ulsan were crowned continental champions last year.
He also highlighted what a great opportunity it was for the players to find themselves in the company of some of the best players around.
"As far as the team goes, we realised that we don’t always have to adapt our style, even if our opponents are supposed to be a better side than us," he said.
Instead, Sato and his teammates now feel they can still play their football even while mixing it with the best.
"In that sense, it was great for our confidence and, thanks to this experience, we feel as though we can definitely do well in the Champions League next season."
Written by Mark Smith