Mon 14 December 2020 | 10:19

Sakai satisfied with Qatar’s Bio-bubble in AFC Champions League

Vissel Kobe were defeated in the battle against Ulsan in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League.

Gotoku Sakai

, Vissel Kobe defender, was pleased with the way they were treated in the East Zone tournament which took place in Qatar.

Qatar was also the host of the West Zone finals and arranged perfectly supervised tournaments with the help of Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health, AFC, and LOC’s Health and Safety.

The 29-year-old was interviewed after

Vissel Kobe

’s 2-1 defeat by

Ulsan Hyundai

and detailed his experience on how much thought was given into fighting Covid-19.


We knew before we came here about the situation (bio-bubble) – that we would not be able to go out and that it was very important to stay in the hotel as per the rules and sometimes even be restricted to the room. The situation (being in the bio-bubble) was even helpful in that we were able to focus completely on the game and not be bothered about other things,

" he said ahead of their tie against Ulsan.


Everything was good in the hotel including the food. We were also served a lot of Japanese items. I am happy with the stay. That is the reason why we got good results,

" he added.

Kim-Do-Hoon also reflected on the matter: "

We were tested for Coronavirus every time we played a game on the previous day – this made us feel safe and I thank the LOC and the AFC. The bubble system was implemented right through and we could not meet anyone from outside. Good quarantine infrastructure was also provided [for the three players who had joined the squad in Qatar after the national team friendlies in Austria where there was a COVID outbreak among six players]."

 Ulsan will go against


in the

AFC Champions League

final on December 19.

source: SportMob

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