As part of the preparations for the World Cup Qatar tournament, the Japanese national soccer team is preparing for the match against the United States on the 23rd of this month, and captain Maya Yoshida said, "In addition to winning against the opponent in front of us, , I have to finish it for the main tournament,” he said enthusiastically.
The Japan national team will play warm-up matches against the United States on the 23rd and Ecuador on the 27th in Düsseldorf, Germany, ahead of the World Cup that will start in two months.
On the 21st, the first 15 minutes were open to the press, and captain Yoshida and veteran Yuto Nagatomo yelled out during passing practice, and the players worked with relaxed expressions.
And, except for the beginning, it seems that they trained for about 2 hours in private, and confirmed the tactics.
The United States, who will face Japan in a warm-up match on the 23rd, will face Japan ranked 24th in the world, ranked 14th, and will be an important match for the main tournament, where they will face Germany and Spain.
Yoshida said, "The period until the tournament is very short, and these two matches will be preparations in the true sense of the word. In addition to winning against the opponents in front of us, we have to finish up for the main tournament. I'll do it. There are many things to do,” he said.
Takumi Minamino "A game that shows one answer how to fight in this tournament"
Takumi Minamino, who plays for Monaco in the French first division, said, "These two games are not just friendly matches for the World Cup. There is also survival between players, and I myself want to play with goals and assists to get involved in scoring."
Ritsu Doan "It's important to win and create a flow"
Ritsu Doan, who plays for Freiburg in the first division of Germany, said, "It's going to be the last two test matches for the main tournament, so it's important to win and create a flow by assuming the actual performance. This season, we will score goals at the club. I am confident that I can play for the national team, so I am waiting for the time to come.”