Japan has many chances to defeat Italy in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday because the team has an Italian manager and because it has had more rest, Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli thinks.
Prandelli believes that Japan’s Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s familiarity with his co-nationals could put Italy into trouble.
“Japan will have the slight edge, I think, because they have an extra day of rest,” said Prandelli. “Plus, Alberto knows us very well, he knows how we work. I expect him to prepare a trap for us.
“From tonight, we will begin planning for the Japan game. I trust that he will come up with an interesting strategy against us,” Prandelli said, according to the international press.
Italy opened their account on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Mexico at the Maracana Stadium in Rio and will face Japan on Wednesday.
“Success is being crowned champions and that is our objective,” goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said on Monday. “You do that by paying attention to the details. We will certainly be better against Japan than we were in Sunday’s game.”
Japan lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil in their opening game on Saturday.
“We take the field knowing that this is like a final for us,” said Zaccheroni. “We will be giving it our all, because we know that if we lose it is all over.”