The 2020 season’s opener will not only be about victory: the quality of the performance will be an important factor for both teams.
Yokoahama F.Marinos have retained most of their key players from the past triumphant season. Their excellent passing and speedy attacks combine for a style of play that overwhelms the opposition. It will be interesting to see how they will integrate their new signings, especially Ado Onaiwu and Kota Mizunuma.
Meanwhile, the player to watch for Vissel Kobe is their new striker Douglas. Whether he can combine well with his new partners Kyogo Furuhashi and world-class playmaker Iniesta can be the key to success. To take advantage of the Brazilian’s aerial strength, Gotoku Sakai and Daigo Nishi will need to provide accurate crosses into the box. Their defensive quality as well will be tested, as they face one of the greatest firepower in the league.
We can expect several goals in a match between two sides boasting excellent attackers. Since Yokohama defeated Kobe twice in the past season, the Emperor’s Cup winners are surely eager to hit back, already from this opening match. The clash of talents will surely make this special game both exciting and full of quality football.