Japan coach confident despite playing against Spain and Germany


Japan’s coach, Hajime Moriyasu, showed confidence despite falling into the Qatar-2022 World Cup bracket that could be called the ‘Group of Death’, coinciding with Spain and Germany, and expressed that his goal is to reach the quarter finals.

Friday’s draw for Qatar-2022 placed Japan in Group E alongside the two world champions and the winner of the play-off between Costa Rica and New Zealand.

“We will begin to study our rivals, but we will not look at them as superior to us. We want to assert our virtues,” the coach said, according to public television channel NHK.

Only the first two of each of the eight groups will advance to the round of 16.

“Playing in the group against teams that have experience of winning World Cups is important for us, because we want to face the best,” said the Japan coach.

“Our objective is to reach the quarterfinals, but we will go game by game, analyzing our rivals and making use of our virtues,” he said.

“I want us to do the best preparation and give ourselves thoroughly,” he concluded.

Japan reached the round of 16 in Russia four years ago and stung Belgium to fall to the final 3-2, but have never reached the quarterfinals.

Moriyasu hopes that his team, 23rd in the FIFA ranking and playing in its seventh World Cup in a row, will make history at the World Cup in Qatar, which takes place between November and December.