Japan are out to win their group within the Asian Cup, however not due to any concern of assembly defending champions Australia within the knockout stage.
The Samurai Blue face Uzbekistan in Al Ain on Thursday needing a victory to keep away from a second round clash with the Socceroos in the identical metropolis.
The four-time Asian Cup champions have already secured their passage to the final 16 after successful their group matches towards Turkmenistan and Oman.
However they path the Uzbeks on purpose distinction heading into Thursday’s clash, with the second-placed staff in Group F to face Australia in a knockout match in Al Ain on Monday.
Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu mentioned avoiding the reigning Asian Cup champions wasn’t his motivation heading into the match.
“I imagine all of the groups that advance to the round of 16 are robust sufficient,” Moriyasu mentioned.
“We’ve a giant purpose, to win the championship, however we’re right here to win each match and do the most effective preparation for every match.”
Regardless of the significance of Thursday’s match with reference to the group place, Moriyasu intends to make a number of adjustments to his line-up for the sport.
Defender Hiroki Sakai, ahead Takumi Minamino and midfielder Ritsu Doan are all on the verge of suspension after selecting up yellow playing cards in Japan’s two matches and could possibly be amongst these to be rested by Moriyasu.
“I do have the intention to have as many gamers as potential on the sphere tomorrow,” Moriyasu mentioned.
“My method for the gamers in addition to the workers is that we’re right here for the massive purpose to win the title and every participant and workers has a job within the staff.”