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Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hajime Moriyasu believes his team paid the price for its own success in failing to land a third straight J. League title last season, but the 46-year-old insists that this year will be different.

Sanfrecce went into last season riding an unprecedented wave of achievement, having claimed the league title for a second year running and reaching the Emperor’s Cup final only to be denied the double by Yokohama F. Marinos.

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