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Japan: new coach Aguirre makes bold World Cup claim


Japan: new coach Aguirre makes bold World Cup claim

Japan’s new national football coach Javier Aguirre says he’ll guide the team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Mexican arrived in Tokyo on Monday to find a team hoping to forget their dismal performance in Brazil.

Their World Cup campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat by Colombia after an opening loss to Ivory Coast and a 0-0 draw with 10-man Greece.

Aguirre said he had high ambitions for the squad.

“The Japanese player has very similar characteristics to those of the Mexican player which we can exploit. We will try our best so that he plays well with the ball, we will try to attack properly and be a balanced team,” he said.

Aguirre coached Mexico at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and was in charge of La Liga side Espanyol last season.

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