Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has shown his support to Marcello Lippi in the campaign to lead China into the 2022 finals in Qatar.
“He’s preparing for 2022 and all the players trust Lippi a lot,” Halilhodzic told reporters, as quoted by Reuters.
“He’s the best coach in the world. He has won everything, every title he wanted. He has chosen a team that is growing up and is very promising for the future.
“Results don’t come in a few months, so to make a competitive group you need to have some years until you achieve that.”
Halilhodzic’s side earned a 2-1 victory against China in the second round of matches in this year’s East Asian Championship on Tuesday.