Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has come under intense pressure in recent months due to the poor form of the team, but he has said that there is nothing to worry.
Zaccheroni was speaking ahead of the friendly matches with Belgium and Netherlands, which will be extreme tests for Japan. They are regarded as one of the strongest teams from Asia, and they are expected to do well at the World Cup 2014. However, their recent form suggests that they will struggle at the World Cup.
Zaccheroni recently announced the squad that will play against Netherlands and Belgium, and there were not many surprises for those who have been expecting the inclusion of a couple of players. Zaccheroni has explained the reason for making no major changes. He has said that the result is not the important aspect right now, but how the team plays, is what matters. He has urged his players not to lose confidence if they do not get the positive result against these two strong European teams.
“At this point in time, how we play is more important than what result we have. Even if we cannot produce results, we want to test our ability without losing confidence. It is not our goal to win the few matches in front of us. We could not make best use of the two October matches. I felt a bit dissatisfied over our offensive part. We were short on intensity and the accuracy of play in our attack, ” Zaccheroni said.
Belgium are currently ranked fifth in the world, while Netherlands reached the final of the 2010 World Cup. Japan come into these two matches on the back of defeats against Serbia and Belarus.
The Japanese football Federation is yet to schedule a friendly match for the team between now and the World Cup.