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Zaccheroni: Friendlies More Important Than Friendlies’ Result

Zaccheroni: Friendlies More Important Than Friendlies’ Result

Japan’s head honcho, Alberto Zaccheroni pointed to Japan’s “fitness” as a key ingredient in their World Cup success. The acclaimed tactician also stressed that the state of the member’s physical condition are more important than the result of their pre-World Cup friendlies.


To achieve the above-mentioned goal, Zaccheroni took the lads to the Florida beachfront for training. The said location was chosen due to its similarities to Brazil’s climate. Zacceheroni explained that the hot temperatures will help his contingent to adjust.


But fitness Zaccheroni’s context takes a different meaning. It goes beyond having an injury-free team. Along with this is the idea of giving more playing time. This is most especially true for the case of Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda.


Both players are essential to the Samurai Blues’ attacking plan. However, their playing time in Europe has been very limited. It can be remembered that Kagawa has also expressed his disappointment over being frequently sidelined by its former boss at United, David Moyes.


On the other hand, Zaccheroni also stressed that while it is true that many are expecting them to feature during friendlies, he needs to “respect the players’ condition and playing time.”


Japan just won its friendly against Costa Rica, thanks to goals delivered by Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Kagawa and Kakitani.


Grouped with Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast, world cup betting oddsfor Japan are valued at 5.00. They may not be the group’s top pick. Nevertheless, the reliable Honda is confident that they can pull-off a stunner during the competition.


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