Japan and Iran will meet on Monday, as both teams are battling for one ticket to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final to be played on February 1st.
Japanese national team’s coach Hajime Moriyasu is happy that his squad is through the Quarterfinals, as they defeated Vietnam 1-0.
And now, he’s looking to beat Iran in the Semifinals, in order to get a ticket to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final.
The Samurai Blue have won the prestigious competition in four occasions, and want to extend their Asian reign with another win in the United Arab Emirates.
“The approach will be based on our opponents, but we have learned so much in the Asian Cup,” Moriyasu said to Persian Football.
“We have had to defend, as was the case against Saudi Arabia (in the Round of 16) and sometimes, we dominated but couldn’t find a way through.”
“These experiences will be used to prepare the team for the semi-final match against Iran,” he added,” he added.
“As a team, we earned another solid experience against Vietnam, and hopefully, it will be the same for the next match against Iran.”
“As we have players with little international experience, it is important that they are exposed to tough matches on a big stage like the Asian Cup,” Moriyasu stated.
“Playing tough matches and winning in the knockout stage boosts confidence and also leads to the development of the players and team.”