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Kiyotake: Japan won’t change against Thailand

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 - 23:51 JST
Kiyotake: Japan won’t change against Thailand

Hiroshi Kiyotake expects Japan to stay on the attack when they host Thailand on Tuesday night.

The Samurai Blue will be looking to replicate their 2-0 win in Bangkok last September and remain on pace to secure a sixth straight FIFA World Cup berth.

And Kiyotake, who sat out Japan’s 2-0 win over UAE last week, expects his men to enforce themselves on their opponents in a bid to dominate.

“We don’t know if Thailand will attack or to try to draw us out, but our football won’t change and we have to demonstrate the Japanese style on the pitch,” Kiyotake told reporters on Monday evening. 

“I think we will spent more time with the ball than we did against UAE, so it will come down to how well we force them to push higher up the pitch.

The former Sevilla man did not shy away from discussing his competition with team-mate Shinji Kagawa for a starting role as attacking midfielder.

“Of course I want to play, but above all I want us to book our ticket to the World Cup,” Kiyotake explained. “I have to prepare well so that I can be involved in whatever way I can.”

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