JapanStars competing in Europe like Minamino, Tomiyasu or Yoshida can only come to Vietnam one day before the match in the 2022 World Cup qualifying match.
*Vietnam – Japan: 7pm on Thursday 11/11, on VnExpress.
Preparing for the Vietnam match, Japan summoned all the players playing in Europe. Among them are striker Takumi Minamino (Liverpool), full-back Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), midfielder Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria), midfielder Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), winger Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic).
As planned, they gathered in the Netherlands and then flew to Vietnam. However, the flight arranged by the Japan Football Association (JFA) was delayed for about 12 hours, so this group of star players could only arrive at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) at about 10pm today 9/ 11.
Therefore, they will lose a training session with their teammates, and only have one hour to get used to My Dinh Stadium one day before the match. The nine-hour flight, along with the time zone difference and weather difference could affect the fitness of Yoshida and his teammates.
Before that, two groups of Japanese players had come to Vietnam. The first group on the evening of November 7 included goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, defender Yuto Nagatomo, midfielder Gaku Shibasaki, striker Yuya Osako and Daizen Maeda. The second group on the evening of November 8 included many players playing in Germany and the rest of the country, including important factors such as defender Hiroki Sakai, midfielder Wataru Endo, striker Takuma Asano, Ao Tanaka .
In this reunion, coach Hajime Moriyasu added midfielder Kaoru Mitoma and versatile player Reo Hatate. They stayed at the same hotel with Vietnam, and were arranged to practice at Hang Day Stadium.
Before last night’s training session, striker Osako assessed: “Vietnam has many promising young players and they are developing strongly in recent years. To win, we must create an overwhelming position with coordination. rhythm between attack and defense. Even though it is difficult, I believe I will win points against Vietnam”.
Japan is the highest rated group B, but suddenly lost to Oman and Saudi Arabia, having only won six points from the first four matches.