(Sporting Alert) — Japan will take on Oman in an Asian World Cup 2014 qualifying Group B game at Saitama Stadium on Sunday and they are confident of taking all three points.
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The last time Japan played Oman was in the third-round qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup and they won and drew the other 1-1.
They are yet to suffer a defeat against their opponents and with the likes of Honda Keisuke and Kagawa Shinji being in good form recently, Japan’s coach Alberto Zaccheroni is confident his team will take care of business on Sunday.
“We are in good shape as we have tuned up well,” said Zaccheroni. “We have had a very good preparation with good training sessions.
“I really feel that we are ready for the game.”
At the same time, he’s keeping a close eye on the opposition.
“Our opposition seems to have momentum and are confident,” said the coach. “They found their balance at some point and got through the third-round qualifiers, keeping clean sheets later in the round.
“There are no easy games at this level, but if we can play at our best, we can make a hard game easier.
“It’s important to look at the characteristics of your opponents, but the more important thing is how you show your own characteristics in the game. Our players have high quality and our team has good potential.”
Japan have had some breakthrough players in recent times and Oman coach Paul Le Guen said they’ve kept the side very competitive.
“Japan have improved because of new players, and those new players – Kagawa and one other – have made a very good contribution,” Le Guen said.
“They are better than two years ago. It’s a well-balanced team with world-class players, and when you have world-class players, it always makes a difference.”