Despite not making it past the group stage, the Spanish coach believes that the Azkals’ experience in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup 2022 has brought them a level higher.
The Azkals finished fourth in Group A with a lone win against three losses at the hands of Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.
After his month-long stint with the Filipinos, Ferre wishes to extend his stay as the head coach and come out of borrowed time.
“We will have to sit and talk. There is nothing decided yet. By now, we have to rest a little bit. Everybody needs it. And then we will see. But if there is a chance to stay here, I am very happy here in the Philippines also the players I’ve been working with players, staff, Dan Palamk who iAnd they gave me this opportunity [with] the team. So, if there is a chance to stay I would like to,” said Ferre.
As the post-Stephan Schrock transition begin, Ferre is looking forward to bring the Filipinos further along with him.
Ferre’s appointment came 11 days before the AFF kicked off and hardly significant chemistry has been built between him and the players.
Even then, the 39-year-old tactician is delighted with the mostly young-composed Azkals team that showed up in their recent tiff.
“I’m very happy to be part of the development because every time that you play a game like this, it gives you a difficult situation where the pkayers need to make one step forward, to prove himself, to do something else. This is very important to have this kind of tournament or games to put them in difficult scenarios where they have to [survive]. And then from my side, I try to give tools, give them resources how to get solutions [for those] situations in the game. And what I can say is that they are very willing to listen, ready to improve. I’m happy with their attitude, their commitment, their effort to be better everyday. They are in the right path, they have to keep working hard. Because it’s not easy to reach this level, to keep [their] consistency,” he concluded. — Nikole Javier
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