Japan – Chile: Harsh Result on Young Japan as Chile’s Clinical Edge Makes the Difference (0-4)
Chile’s efficient finishing proved to be the difference as Chile hit four past a young Japanese team. A score line that did not reflect the game’s events. Japan’s 4-4-2 shape broke-up Chile’s play, before movement between the lines and a change in passing style gave Chile much better options.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Going into the 2019 Copa América tournament has been a much different experience in comparison to the last two for Chile. Lacklustre form, star-forward Alexis Sánchez being non-existent in the league, as well as an ageing squad have decreased expectation amongst the neutrals. However, Chile have defied the odds before and are gunning for a historic third consecutive Copa América. They are not to be underestimated.
Meanwhile, only once before had Japan appeared in a Copa América competition, exactly twenty years ago in 1999, where they failed to make it past the group stage. Japan have a lot to prove, consistently qualifying for major tournaments without much success. Following their AFC Asian Cup Final loss to Qatar back in February, their hunger for glory continues.
Having gone through the youth ranks before being appointed as manager of the first team, Hajime Moriyasu named a young, high potential Japanese squad. The average age of his lineup was 21.4 years old, starting in Moriyasu’s preferred 3-4-2-1 shape. Undoubtedly, Japan’s biggest asset is also their youngest… 18-year-old Takefusa Kubo, who has recently signed for Real Madrid. He started just behind Ayase Ueda upfront and to the right of their front three.
Chilean boss Reinaldo Rueda has experimented quite . . .