Although All Japan news’s national soccer team had an underdog status, it will not stop them to do their best at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, coach Alberto Zaccheroni said on Monday.
The Blue Samurai might not win the competition, but participating to the World Cup can be a good occasion for the Asian team to prove its skills, said the coach.
“The World Cup will include so many strong teams that have already showed how good they are. So this is our turn to show everybody how strong we are,” said Zaccheroni.
“As a coach, I always aim to win,” he said. “Of course, at the same time, I have enough experience to understand that I have to deal with other things,” said 60-year-old Zaccheroni.
Before taking over the Blue Samurai, he coached AC Milan.
All Japan news’s national soccer team might be affected by the heat, humidity and the great distance it will have to travel between games, Zaccheroni said. But he is aware of the progress his team has made during the last years.
“In the past three and a half years, we have grown so much (against strong teams). Sometimes we did very, very good jobs,” the coach said.
“In the past year, the team was a little shy when they had to confront very strong teams. But this is not so true (recently) and they have really shown self-confidence.”
Zaccheroni said he had to instill a killer instinct in the Blue Samurai, a side better known for their organized play, according to the international press.
“I will ask my squad not to worry too much about defense. Of course, a team has to do that but most of all I will ask them to just attack.”