Hajime Moriyasu, coach of the Japanese national soccer team, looked forward to the match against Korea.
Japan defeated Indonesia 3-1 in the third and final match of Group D of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup held at the Assumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar on the 24th.
The Japan, with 2 wins and 1 loss (6 points), finished the group stage in 2nd place in Group D,
following Iraq, which won all 3 matches (9 points). 스포츠토토
Japan will face No. 1 in Group E, which includes Korea, in the round of 16.
Group E is a mixed bag, so there is a possibility that the three teams currently in first place,
Jordan, second place in Korea, and third place in Bahrain will be Japan’s opponents in the round of 16.
The final match of Group E will be held on the 25th.
Meanwhile, Coach Moriyasu was wary of Korea as well as Iran after the match against Indonesia and looked forward to a face-to-face match with them.
Japan, Iran, and Korea are considered favorites to win this tournament.
Coach Moriyasu said, “The level of all teams participating in this tournament is high,
but Iran and Korea are the highest level teams among them.”
At the same time, he said, “The two teams have different styles, and the styles of both teams are different from Japan,” and added, “I respect both the Korean and Iranian national teams.”
He added, “If Japan wants to compete with Korea and Iran, they will have to work at a very high level.
If Japan competes against them, they will be able to display the highest level of soccer in Asia in front of their fans.”
One of Japan’s weaknesses in this tournament is their defensive instability.
He gave up two goals each to Vietnam and Iraq in the group stage,
and also allowed one goal in the last minute against Indonesia on this day.
Japanese soccer fans are concerned about the difference from the 2022 Qatar World Cup,
which showed iron-clad defensive organization.