Japan-Greece: Quotes

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Japan-Greece: QuotesAlberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
We needed to win this game at all costs and that was what we trained for all week. We ended up with the players switching their individual positions a lot. By doing that, we hoped to get an edge both in defence and attack once the Greeks went a man down. In addition, we tried to attack a lot down the flanks. In the end we were partly able to manage this, but we needed to be more decisive in front of goal. In the second half we had maybe 70 per cent or more of the ball and we also created chances. But unfortunately we weren't able to put the finishing touch to our moves. We need to keep playing well and win our next game.

Fernando Santos, Greece coach
We struggled to even get close to the Japanese box, particularly in the first half. That's why I feel we played really well in the second 45 minutes. We thought Japan might change their style and play more long balls, rather than always playing short passes. We now need to win our next game because Côte d’Ivoire have three points and we've just one. We need to find a way to put the Ivorians under pressure. I hope that everything turns out like EURO 2004, when Greece also needed to win their last [group] game and ended up going through.

Keisuke Honda, Japan midfielder and Budweiser Man of the Match
Even though Colombia have already qualified, for us the game will be like a final and we'll be playing for our lives. I think that today we made plenty of chances, enough to have scored a goal and taken all three points, which would have left us in a better situation. But unfortunately we fell a touch short with our finishing. We now need to iron out those flaws in our next game and pick up what would be a very important win.

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