The Japanese national team, who are traveling to Germany as part of their preparations for the World Cup Qatar tournament that will start in November, will be preparing for their match against Ecuador on the 27th, and Kaoru Mitoma said, " We will fight with the tension of the World Cup,” he said.
Japan, ranked 24th in the world, won a warm-up match against the United States, ranked 14th in the world on the 23rd, 2-0, and will face Ecuador, ranked 44th in the world on the 27th.
On the 25th, the first 15 minutes of practice was open to the press, and captain YOSHIDA Maya and Mitoma, who scored a goal while coming off the bench in the match against the USA, worked on passing.
Then, except for the beginning, the training was closed to the public for about an hour and a half.
The match against Ecuador will be the last match before the final squad is decided, and it will be an important opportunity for the players to appeal to join the squad.
Mitoma said, "I have to prove once again that I can do it, and in order to raise the maturity of the team, I want to prepare well and fight with a sense of tension similar to the World Cup. I will show results and show my presence. I want to show you."
Captain Yoshida "Prepare to accumulate points in the main tournament"
Captain Yoshida Maya said, “In the match against the United States, we tried many things, and we were able to put out a lot of what we had prepared on the pitch. , I want to prepare so that I can accumulate points in this tournament."
Regarding the fact that the former captain, Makoto Hasebe, accompanied the team for the three days until the 24th, he said, "I am very grateful to have you help me again while I am putting a break in the national team. Young players. It was a stimulus for me, and I was able to get in between the coaching staff and the players and communicate smoothly.I think it was a more meaningful time than I had imagined."
Kubo: "A match with a higher degree of perfection than the US match"
Takefusa Kubo, who started in the match against the United States, said, “In the match against the United States, we were able to participate in the attack when we were able to do our assigned tasks as a team. As a team, we would like to play a match with a higher degree of perfection than the match against the United States, and we would like to improve the content while valuing the result."