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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Dax, Jun 14, 2018.
Probably the highest chance of winning a game in Russia.
Japan 3 (+1)
Senegal 3 (+1)
Colombia 0 (-1)
Poland 0 (-1)
We will play (again) before our opponents.
I'm a bit worried that at the end Senegal is the real top seed of this group and that it will be a defeat, a demoralizing one.
BUT this Poland can be the same of Denmark in 2010 and a draw in the third match will be enough to reach the final16.
They didn't look too good against Poland with only a single shot on goal (they scored on that occasion). Yes, it's do or die now.
Didn't look too good and won means that when they look good they uber-win. That's not good news for us.
Senegal are dangerous as hell. I will be satisfied with a draw. Nishino need to find a way to deal with their physicality and pace. Japan will easily concede a few goals in the first half if they played like they did against Colombia.
Crucial for us to get at least a point from this game. This group was very difficult to predict - even before these unexpected results from the first two games.
interesting to see if players are rotated. we only have four days to prepare for (potentially must win) game against poland.
guys like haraguchi in particular put in a heavy shift defensively. i’m worried if nishino is planning to play usami at some stage in the next two games.
Not really, watch the highlights of the match. The second goal is hilarious. Majster has a point, the result is a bit random, or rather, more Poland disapponinting in attack. I didn't see the match but I don't understand how Milik and Lewandowski can be on the pitch at the same time honestly
I watched it.
Senegal looked dangerous whenever they attacked because of their superior individual skills.
Poland was better in terms of team organisation, they had more ball position and shots, but they played a predictable football with long passes and crosses, which made it easy to Senegal to defend.
In the other hand, it was clear that Poland is not familiar with non-European playstyles, such as African, Latin America and Asian.
In Pre-WC friendlies they played 5 games at home (they drew against Chile and Uruguay, defeated South Korea by 1 goal margin, and lost against Nigeria and Mexico -they won their 6th and final Pre-WC match against Lithuania, but it wasn't a big deal-). One wonders what the results would look like if the matches were played at neutral venues with the opponents don't have to travel cross-continents to play friendlies during the league season.
As for playing Lewandowski and Mililk together, Milik was playing under the top, but it was a complete waste to play him in such a position.
I think Poland's match is the most winnable for Japan, if they managed to neutralize Lewandowaski and deal very well with Poland's aerial crosses and shots from distance.
As you can see their playstyle is quite predictable and any potent team can know where the danger comes from, unlike teams with above-average individual skills like Colombia and Senegal which are quite unpredictable.
yeah poland looked a well drilled side in the first half but they had an obvious plan a and nothing else whatsoever.
they looked frustrated, lethargic. lewandowski spent more time complaining to everyone. blaszcykowski went off injured.
maybe with the exception of mane, senegal looked like a handy rugby team.
Well, in the game against Columbia entire team ran 101 km which is one of the lowest during this WC. So surely there are reserves in the team in this aspect.
I didn't miss the time when Japan had one of the highest kms and still no score goal/point.
I hope we continue make opponents meaninglessly run for 90 minutes while scoring on pk/ck, another factor never seen before in the past.
A question to @Samurai Warrior: Senegal gk was fine? Or did he act strangly as in SK friendly?
He pulled at least a couple of great saves, with one of them from Lewandowski's curling free-kick, he was generally good.
By the way, Japan ran more than Colombia in the last game. See the post below.
Japan ran more than Colombia, they ran 63 miles (101km) while Colombia ran 58 miles (93km) according to statistics from Fox Sports.
Will be a thriller again. Senegal is a strong physical team. And they have Mane.
I don't like looking at how good or bad they were in the last game. Every game is different and they are a physical, athletic team which Japan sometimes struggle against. That said they aren't the most organised team and chase the ball at times so I think with Japan's neat and tidy play they can cut them open. IdI like to see more urgency from Japan and i think they can do it!
Well you do have to take into account that Japan had one more player for basically the entire game. So they were even on distance run per outfield player, although I suspect it was very skewed toward the wide players - Haraguchi in particular was completely gassed.
haraguchi has been terribly average but what an engine. ran around like a mad dog for ninety minutes.
He choosed the right game to be good. Osako also. But thats the problem with those two. Now we expect the same against Senegal. It will probably not happen. I hope so but.
Give the guys some credits and trust in them.
Imo Osako can be the "secret weapon" I was joking about, if he enter in a state of grace for the whole competition he should be our MVP of the tournament as Honda in 2010.
Same for Kagawa and Inui, I hope for a combo-goal with them as protagonist against Senegal. They had the skills to do that.
Haraguchi seems our hardwork guy. Maybe he hold himself in the friendlies to restore his forces for the real challenge.
He did not hold himself in the friendlies.
He was working hard for every NT match he is involved in, surging foreward over the wing and tracking back to support the defence.
His only problem is his poor finishing, which we can make up with better finishers beside him.
some quick laughs
Zaccheroni tells Gazzetta dello Sport that he wanted to help Yamaguchi get to Real Madrid, calling him a slightly less athletic but more technical Makelele.
Honda is doubtful for Senegal's match:
Nishino said that he will most probably stick with the same starting line-up and formation against Senegal.