[월드컵] Even after defeating the tank corps, ‘hard crisis’ … What is the local response in Japan?

▲ Moriyasu Hajime, the head coach of the Japanese national team, is in danger of being fired.

[스포티비뉴스=월드컵특별취재팀 박정현 기자] All evaluations were reversed in one game. Hajime Moriyasu (54), the head coach of the Japanese national team, was facing a major crisis.

Japanese local media ‘Weekly Asai’ published a column on the 30th about Moriyasu’s dismissal theory.

Japan (24th in FIFA rankings) surprised the world with a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind first-leg group stage win against Germany (11th in FIFA rankings) in Group E of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar . He proudly claimed his first win in the group of death which includes Spain (7th in FIFA rankings), Costa Rica (31st in FIFA rankings) and Germany, lifting his dream of progressing to the quarter-finals for the time being first in history.

The atmosphere was good. The opponent in the second match was Costa Rica, who suffered a 0-7 defeat against the Spanish Invincible Armada in the first match. If Japan showed the performance it showed against Germany in the second game, the expectation was that it would surely win another victory.

But that hope was soon dashed. They bowed their heads in a 0-1 loss, a result that completely failed expectations. Apart from the results, the performance was also below expectations. The coach Moriyas made changes to 5 of the 11 best players in the game against Germany, but that choice led to failure, and he faced a strong Spain in the last 3 games with 1 win and 1 loss.

In a situation where the round of 16 was taken for granted, the voices of criticism towards Japan, and the leadership and leadership of coach Moriyasu, who created this situation, have not stopped.

▲ Public opinion towards coach Moriyasu has changed after just one game.  ⓒYonhap News/EPA
▲ Public opinion towards coach Moriyasu has changed after just one game. ⓒYonhap News/EPA

The media said, “Has there ever been a commander whose evaluation was reversed like this in the first game? Coach Moriyasu achieved the most come-from-behind win in Japan’s history against Germany. However, coach Moriyasu has been constantly evaluated for being late in changing players and not having a high ability to read the flow of the game. “

“Coach Moriyasu records a win rate of 0.672 in 58 games as manager of the Japanese national team ahead of this World Cup, with 39 wins, 8 draws and 11 losses. This is the highest winning rate among all Japanese trainers, but the evaluation was not good. He added, “I get a bad impression because of bad results in important official matches, not friendlies.”

In the comments of this article, some fans also left their own opinions. One supporter said, “Regardless of progressing to the round of 16, we have to toughen up. After Moriyasu took office, players qualified for the national team have not been selected. The Japanese national team needs a new face”, “The match against Costa Rica was helpless. I have watched national team football for decades, but I think this is the least capable. The players support, but the coach doesn’t want to support.”

On the other hand, “The problem is the media that reverses the coach’s evaluation after one game. Commentator Keisuke Honda highlighted the national team’s problems even after the victory over Germany. There were also opinions such as “It’s the media’s fault for reporting as if the goal was achieved” and “What people can do is support the match against Spain, not disregard Moriyas.”

Japan must get a point against Spain. If he fails to produce results against strong opponents, he will not be able to achieve his goal and coach Moriyasu’s future cannot be guaranteed.

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