Midfielder Yuki Abe believes Japan will need to "frustrate" the Netherlands if they are to claim a second successive victory at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and stay firmly on course for a place in the last 16.
Takeshi Okada's side secured their first FIFA World Cup win on foreign soil on Monday as Keisuke Honda struck in a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. The Netherlands also won their opener with a 2-0 defeat of Denmark, and a win for either side in Durban will put them in pole position to progress to the knockout stage.
The Dutch themselves think their strength lies in attack so what we need to do is try to wind them up and frustrate them.
Japan have never gone further than the group stage outside their own country but Abe believes the Blue Samurai stand a good chance of victory on Saturday if they can successfully frustrate their opponents.
"The Dutch themselves think their strength lies in attack so what we need to do is try to wind them up and frustrate them," said the midfielder. "(Wesley) Sneijder will be putting himself all over the place looking to get hold of the ball. There are other good players on their team as well and it will be difficult to keep tabs on all of them, so we will have to be on our guard."