On Wednesday 5 June, the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) faced the Trinidad and Tobago National Team at the KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP 2019 held at Toyota Stadium, Aichi. With Coach MORIYASU Hajime employing a new system for this match, the team finished with a scoreless draw.
As the team prepares for the upcoming Asian qualifiers of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Coach Moriyasu elected to implement a three-back formation, which was an option he had been considering since taking over the helm last September.
In the early minutes of the match, the players seem to be testing their distance and timing with each other under the new system, where OSAKO Yuya (Werder Bremen) was positioned as the lone striker with NAKAJIMA Shoya (Al Duhail SC) and DOAN Ritsu (FC Groningen) playing beneath him. NAGATOMO Yuto (Galatasaray S.K.) and SAKAI Hiroki (Olympique de Marseille) were positioned in the flanks to act as the wing backs......
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