Thursday, 24th June 2010
Denmark coach praises Japan's tactical changes
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has praised the change of tactics the Japanese national team introduced prior to the World Cup.
Olsen, whose team faces Japan in the final qualifying game of group E tonight (Thursday) said that there was a noticeable difference in the way the Blue Samurai approached their first game against Holland.
He stated that the Japanese were much more defensive when compared to last year, when they played Holland with an attacking formation and lost 3-0.
The Danish tactician said that he never once underestimated Japan and claimed that they have the ability to beat anybody.
"I said before the tournament that Japan was one of the teams that could surprise people who know nothing about Asian football. They fight for each other and the team," the Associated Press reports him as saying.
Japan currently sit in second place in group E, equal on points with Denmark but boasting a better goal difference.
Written by Kimberley Homer