Vietnam Mentor Park Plots Japan Upset At Asian Cup

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By Nick Mulvenney

ABU DHABI, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Park Dangle-web design optimization has shown a thing of a Midas contact in his sixteen months as coach of Vietnam and on Thursday he has a chance to provide 1 of the most amazing upsets in Asian Cup heritage when his aspect take on Japan in the quarter-finals.

Japan are blue bloods of Asian soccer -- 4-situations continental champions, regulars at the World Cup finals with a squad stock-comprehensive of gamers who have seen motion in leading leagues all around the planet.

In opposition to these types of pedigree in Dubai on Thursday, South Korean Park will send out out a uncooked workforce of youngsters who have captivated the very pleased Southeast Asian nation with runs deep into three regional and age team tournaments in excess of the past yr.

Park recognises that Japan will existing a whole distinctive amount of opposition for his players, most youngsters or in their early twenties, at Al Maktoum Stadium.

"The Japanese players are professional and are individually skilful so we have to do our best and get ready flawlessly to choose the obstacle to Japan tomorrow," Park informed reporters on Wednesday.

"Several pundits are anticipating Japan to get tomorrow but our complex team is doing the job tough to achieve victory and I believe that our players will combat till the end devoid of panic."

The Golden Dragons have showed that battle by now at the Asian Cup, coming via a challenging group also that includes former champions Iran and Iraq prior to rallying from a target down to conquer in-sort Jordan on penalties in the past 16.

Nguyen Trong Hoang and Nguyen Quang Hai have proved themselves to be players of genuine high quality and Japan will be wise not to give them any space in midfield.

The Samurai Blue, who received their last title in 2011, would be the 1st to confess that they have not genuinely fired in the United Arab Emirates, profitable all four of their matches by a solitary objective.

Coach Hajime Moriyasu had released a much more attacking type when he took about just after Japan's operate to the last 16 at last year's Environment Cup but at the Asian Cup they have reverted to a additional conservative tactic.

"We're right here and we goal to acquire the title but the team requirements some advancement simply because we have some new players who are lacking knowledge," Moriyasu mentioned.

"We are participating in each match and finding out from them. We know tomorrow will be a complicated match, but we will do our greatest and convey the self confidence of possessing won our four matches."

Moriyasu will be with no suspended Newcastle United striker Yoshinori Muto but if not has a total squad to choose from for a match which will decide who fulfills Iran or China in the semi-finals.nn(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Christian Radnedge)