Daisuke Matsui – who used to play for Saigon Club in the V-League 2021 – highly appreciates the disciplined play of Vietnam and predicts that Japan will have difficulty in My Dinh.
*Vietnam – Japan: 7pm on Thursday 11/11, on VnExpress.
“Vietnamese players have good technique, can hold the ball and defend well,” Daisuke Matsui said in an interview with the homepage of the Japan Football Federation on November 8. “I am impressed with the disciplined football they have built under coach Park Hang-seo. They have only attended the final qualifying round of the World Cup for the first time, but they are a force. Vietnam will definitely make Japan uncomfortable. “.
Matsui spent nine years with the national team, starting all four matches at the 2010 World Cup and then winning the 2011 Asian Cup. At club level, the 40-year-old star played in Japan, France, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria and Vietnam. He played for Saigon Club in December 2020 and wore the captain’s armband. Due to the cancellation of V-League 2021, Matsui liquidated his contract and returned to his hometown to wear the Yokohama futsal team.
Japan is having a hard time in the final qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup. They lost two of their first four matches, finishing fourth in Group B with six points. The distance between Japan and the second place team Australia is three points. Matsui believes that if not defeating Vietnam at My Dinh on 11/11, Japan will be in trouble.
“We had a lot of difficulties against the West Asian teams,” continued Matsui. “They’ve been tough opponents since I was playing. Japan should strive for second place, that’s enough. I’m not too worried about this, but the players have to play to their full potential and show their performance. Japan’s attack is at a stalemate and I hope the coaching staff make adjustments. Decisiveness will be the key to defeating Vietnam. It is very important to take the lead against this opponent. waiting for a Japanese goal in the first half. We also need someone to shine. In a game that overwhelms the opponent, individual ability needs to be shown.”
Vy Anh (follow JFA)