Jose Mourinho not surprised by Germany’s defeat to Japan as European teams ‘focus on individuals’

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho insists he wasn’t surprised by Japan’s win against Germany because European teams often focus too much on ‘individuals’.

    Following Saudi Arabia’s astonishing win against Argentina, Japan kept up the shocks with a 2-1 win against Germany.

    The Japanese came from behind in the second half to inflict a shock defeat on Hansi Flick’s side, who must now beat Spain on Sunday to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

    But the victory didn’t come as a surprise to everyone.

    Mourinho, who is in Japan with his Roma side for a winter training camp, insists he was not surprised by the victory because European teams are often too focused on individuals.

    ‘I didn’t see the game [Germany-Japan], I was in bed, the television was on but I fell asleep, I was absolutely destroyed 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 individuals.

    Japan's players celebrate scoring their first goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Belgium and Canada at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan, west of Doha on November 23, 2022. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
    Japan inflicted a shock defeat on Germany (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images) Photographer: ADRIAN DENNIS Provider: AFP via Getty Images Source: AFP

    ‘I’ve coached Asian players and I’m lucky because I’ve coached the best, they have the right mentality, so I think yesterday wasn’t a big surprise.

    ‘Here in Japan I try to be as kind as I can to the wonderful people who offer us incredible hospitality and I want to give something back.’

    Japan take on Costa Rica in their next fixture and they’ll fancy their chances after Spain’s 7-0 win against them on Wednesday.

    Germany were knocked out in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup after defeats against Mexico and South Korea, while England knocked them out of Euro 2021.

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