NANNING, China, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Thailand coach Sirisak Yodyadthai hoped to be invited again to the China Cup next year as he considered it a great chance to play against strong teams.
During the final on Monday evening, Thailand lost to Uruguay 4-0 for the runners-up finish in the four-nation tournament.
"Thanks to the hosts, China Cup is well organized. I am really looking forward to the invitation next year and coming to Nanning again," Yodyadthai said.
Thai forward Chanathip Songkrasin had an eye-catching performance with his speed and skills, and was given a nickname of "Thai Messi" by fans on the Chinese social media.
"Songkrasin did play quite well, but Uruguay is too strong to cope with, which proves that Thailand still has a long way to go to compete against such top-ranked teams," Yodyadthai said. "All players of Thailand have done a great job in China Cup and I'm really grateful for having them."
"Uruguay is really a powerful team and we've learned a lot from them," Yodyadthai said, adding China Cup provides the opportunity to compete with such a strong team and will benefit Thailand in preparing for the World Cup qualifiers.