Those who have not had a chance to see these matches have been missing some great football. Obviously the team would be even stronger with J1 starters like Sakai and Usami in the mix (not to mention those two guys in Germany), but the basic level of confidence and efficiency that the team has displayed in China shows that this could be a real Platinum Generation. What impresses me most is how calm the team is when under pressure and how good their decisions. The cutback cross by Nagai to set up the thikrd goal is a great example. A lot of players would have blasted at the narrow angle, but instead he saw his teammate and calmly played the ball back. The score line against India is really misleading, and so was the one against Kyrgizstan. In both games they just held the ball up and passed it around until the opposing team stopped packing their box, like they were in no hurry to move forward if the other team was prepared to lose 2-0 or 3-0. If Japan had been trying to overturn a ten-goal goal difference it would have been VERRRY interesting to see how those games would have turned out.