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Japanese coach: ‘It is not easy to make Vietnam collapse’

JapanOutstanding in terms of personnel and performance, but coach Hajime Moriyasu is still cautious before the Vietnam match in the final round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Minamino competed for the ball with Van Thanh when Japan won 1-0 at My Dinh Stadium on 11/11/2021.  Photo: Lam Thoa

Striker Minamino disputed with Vu Van Thanh, when Japan beat Vietnam 1-0 at My Dinh Stadium on 11/11/2021. Photo: Lam Tho

*Japan – Vietnam: 17:35 Tuesday, March 29, on VnExpress.

“Vietnam is at the bottom of Group B. But it’s a nasty opponent. They are always focused in defense, and are very quick in counter-attack,” replied coach Hajime Moriyasu. VnExpress at a press conference on the afternoon of March 28 at Saitama Stadium. “Coach Park and his associates have coached the Vietnamese team for many years, building them a good foundation. I think Vietnam will not collapse easily.”

Japan begins 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a 0-1 defeat at home to Oman. After winning against China, they continued to lose 0-1 as a guest of Saudi Arabia. At one point, coach Moriyasu was under great pressure from Japanese public opinion. However, he and his students then won six consecutive matches to win early tickets to the World Cup finals.

According to the announcement of the Organizing Committee, about 60,000 tickets have been sold out – nearly reaching the maximum capacity of Saitama Stadium. Japanese fans want to turn this match into an occasion to celebrate the team’s seventh consecutive World Cup final. “Even though we have won the ticket, Japan still has to play at its best. This is the last match, and takes place at home, so we want to win to thank the fans,” coach Moriyasu said.

In the opposite direction, Vietnam is at the bottom of Group B after eight defeats and won only one of nine matches. In this match, Coach Park’s army suffered a great loss in personnel due to the lack of pillars Phan Van Duc, Bui Tien Dung, Nguyen Tien Linh (injury), Nguyen Hoang Duc, Pham Duc Huy, Luong Xuan Truong (with Covid). -19)…

The current context is very different from the first leg on 11/11/2021 at My Dinh Stadium. At that time, Vietnam possessed almost the strongest force, and made Japan struggle to win 1-0 thanks to Ito’s only goal in the 17th minute. Regarding the approach for tomorrow’s match, coach Moriyasu said: We’ve won tickets so there’s not much pressure. I will change drastically in the starting lineup but the gameplay will be the same, attacking with a 4-3-3 formation. I’m in control of the force. thick. We want to show full strength and win.”

Lam Tho

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