Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan coach
Our group may seem to be a difficult one but they are opponents we must play sooner or later on our way to the World Cup finals, so we just get on with it. We are the Asian champions, so our opponents will be doing their homework and come at us firing on all cylinders. But we will just focus on each and every match.

Vadim Abramov, Uzbekistan coach
Japan are the undisputedly the strongest team in this group but every team should have their own chances. Korea DPR are also a good team as they represented Asia in the last World Cup. Syria have some good players and can't be underestimated. The fixtures look tight. We must prepare well and focus on one game at a time.