Japan vs Chile ( WON )
Japan vs Chile
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- Japan have named 16 uncapped players for their Copa America campaign, as well as new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo, who is hyped as the ‘Japanese Messi’.
- Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu bizarrely picked players that won’t be at Copa America in their pre-tournament friendlies. It will be difficult to predict who will start for Japan in Brazil this summer as they use the tournament as preparation for next year’s Olympics.
- The experience of Eiji Kawashima in goal, Shinji Okazaki up front and midfielder Gaku Shibasaki will be called upon to unite this new look group.
- In stark contrast to their opponents, Chile’s squad is vastly experienced at senior international level with ageing players laced throughout.
- The likes of Jean Beausejour, Gary Medel, Muaricio Isla, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez have all surpassed 100 caps and could start.
- The match fitness of the latter will be a major concern ahead of the tournament having missed the recent friendly with Haiti due to an ankle injury, with Nicolas Castillo ready to deputise up front.
- You couldn’t pick two squads that were further apart in terms of experience, with the youth of Japan up against the experience of a Chile squad that looks past its peak.
- The guests from Asia will be looking to use the Copa America as valuable tournament experience and given the format – with three teams progressing from two of the groups – they do have a chance of reaching the latter stages.
- Chile look a shadow of the side that has won the last two Copas – the last in 2016 – but do still have quality through the spine of their side and should come out on top.