Hajime Moriyasu, Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach
It’s great to finish the tournament as the third place team. As representatives of the host country and the J.League, we had a responsibility. We wanted to prove that Japanese teams possess quality and I think we did that. Every member of the squad contributed. It’s my hope that this victory and the experience at this completion will help us improve even more. I hope that the people of Hiroshima are happy and proud of us.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guangzhou Evergrande coach
We have to give credit to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Physically and technically, I felt that they were better than us. I think that they are improving all the time and we’ll have to have a different game plan when we meet them again. We looked a tired team – it’s been a long season. But we’re thankful to have been involved in this tournament. Our Japanese hosts have been tremendous and it’s been a great experience for the players.

Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Alibaba E-Auto Player of the Match
I felt that we got stronger as the game went on. Finishing third will give us even more confidence in the future. I hope the experience of this competition, combined with finishing third will provide us with a platform to get even better.