Les Rougets have already been making waves following their convincing win over Mexico in their first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup match. On that occasion, Dany Ryser’s side displayed great tactical awareness, concentration and finishing, all of which they will try to reproduce against Japan, despite the absence of suspended midfielder Oliver Buff, who was sent off against El Tri.
The young Samurai Blue, who lost to South American champions Brazil in the last minute of injury time in their corresponding fixture, need to get some points on the board to remain in the hunt for a place in the next round. And they certainly have the wherewithal to do so, as they showed in putting the Seleção on the back foot and coming close to winning that game with their high-paced, technical football. The Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos will undoubtedly see a true contest of contrasting styles when east meets west on Tuesday.
3 - The number of goals shipped by Japan during their qualifying campaign for Nigeria 2009 – and the number they conceded against Brazil in their opening match on Saturday.
"We can’t adopt the same playing style as Brazil, which is why we have to work extremely hard in every match. The game against Japan will be no different, and I think we’ll have to improve on several aspects of the Mexico match, such as retaining possession in midfield." Dany Ryser, Switzerland coach.
"We’re very disappointed to have no points on the board, but we know if we play like we did against Brazil, we'll still be able to qualify. Switzerland have shown what a good side they are, but I’m confident that we can maintain our level of performance and get results in our remaining games. Our dream is to qualify from this group, and who knows, even secure a quarter-final appearance." Yutaka Ikeuchi, Japan coach.