Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has requested total commitment and focus from his players ahead of the World Cup qualifying match with Jordan. The match will take place on Tuesday, and there has already been talk of the players keeping one eye on the result between Australia and Oman.
Japan are currently top of the table, and they could be on the brink of qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil if they managed a victory against Jordan coupled with other results going their way. This primarily includes a draw between Australia and Oman.
Ahead of the match, though, Zaccheroni has insisted that his players should focus only on their match and they should not be worried about the other results. Zaccheroni has been the national team manager since 2010, and he has said that it is obviously going to be extremely difficult not to look at the other results. Japan’s next match will be against Amman, and they could be looking at taking just a point from the match if results are favourable in the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches. Team captain Makoto Hasebe has said that this is going to be an extremely tough match for Japan given that Jordan are a competitive team.
The previous match between the two nations finished in a 6-0 win for Japan in June. “Obviously it is impossible for me to keep the players away from looking at the result on the Internet but we can’t let it affect us. We need to be focused and just concentrate on the game in front of us. This is a massive match for us and of course there is pressure on myself and the players. We are carrying the hopes of everyone back home but I can’t let the pressure get to the players,” Zaccheroni.