Japan’s tactics based on opponent: Hajime Moriyasu

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Tasnim – AL AIN, Japanese national football team’s coach Hajime Moriyasu says their tactic will be based on their opponents.

The Samurai Blue defeated Vietnam 1-0 to book a place in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup semi-final.

Japan will meet Iran at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Monday.

“The approach will be based on our opponents, but we have learnt so much in the Asian Cup,” Moriyasu said.

“We have had to defend, as was the case against Saudi Arabia (in the Round of 16) and sometimes, we dominated but couldn’t find a way through. These experiences will be used to prepare the team for the semi-final match against Iran,” he added.

“As a team, we earned another solid experience against Vietnam, and hopefully, it will be the same for the next match against Iran. As we have players with little international experience, it is important that they are exposed to tough matches on a big stage like the Asian Cup,” Moriyasu stated.

“Playing tough matches and winning in the knockout stage boosts confidence and also leads to the development of the players and team,” the Japan coach noted.


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