HanoiStriker Daizen Maeda affirmed that Japan is not afraid of Vietnam’s five-man defense, when the two teams meet in the fifth round of Group B in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup.
*Vietnam – Japan: 7pm on Thursday 11/11, on VnExpress.
“The match against Vietnam will be very difficult,” Maeda told Nikkan Sports after arriving in Hanoi. “If we open the scoring early, we can score more goals and change the game. If I play, I want to score first.”
When asked if Japan is worried about Vietnam’s five-man defense, Maeda said: “Even if they use that option, Japan is still very good at passing the ball and destroying the opponent. The first thing we need is score early”.
Maeda is leading the scoring list in the J-League 2021 with 20 goals. The Yokohama F Marinos striker stands out for his speed and he is confident in this ability. “I think I won’t lose to anyone when it comes to speed. As for other aspects, I’m not sure. Takuma Asano and Junya Ito are also very fast, but we are not against each other, just want to make the right use of our abilities. I also want to learn many skills from other players,” he emphasized.
Maeda is one of the few Japanese players to come to Vietnam on the evening of November 7. The 24-year-old striker is playing in the J-League, so he and the coaching staff come to Vietnam first, while the players playing abroad will join the army later. “I have a feeling that the temperature in Vietnam is a little hotter than in Japan,” Maeda said. “But I’m still just staying in the hotel, haven’t been out yet, so I don’t know what the weather is like. The time zone here is also two hours behind Japan, so it doesn’t affect much.”
Japan brought 28 players to Vietnam, but only 23 were registered. Hajime Moriyasu’s teachers and students are ranked fourth in Group B with six points, and Vietnam has not earned any points.
Hoang An (follow Nikkan Sports)