Javier Aguirre took charge of the Japanese national football team on July 24 and it has been a tough start for the Mexican manager as he has experienced more defeats than anything else since taking charge of the Japanese squad.
Uruguay comfortably defeated Japan with a convincing scoreboard of 2-0 and 4 days later Japan drew with Venezuela but Aguirre did manage to snatch his first victory in charge of Japan when defeating Jamaica on October 10.
Brazil was the latest opponents of Japan and the Brazilian side overwhelmed Japan with Neymar scoring 4 goals in a match that Brazil had under their control and dominated from start till the end.
Japan was not expected to claim a victory against Uruguay, Venezuela or Brazil but the Asian side was expected to at least display decent or impressive performances against their opponents and there even are rumors floating around stating that Javier Aguirre and his squad have been and are lacking passion for the sport but the Mexican manager responded to those criticism as he said:
“I don’t agree at all. For the last three games, it’s not true that we didn’t play with passion. If you’re saying we didn’t play well, maybe we can argue about that. But whether we had passion or not, there’s no question’’ Javier Aguirre said.
The Mexican coach is trying to bring in new players to the Japanese squad as he called up Shinji Kagawa to play against Brazil and Jamaica. Kagawa had never made an appearance for Japan since leaving Manchester United.
Aguirre said that he wants to bring as many players as possible and test out everything he can before the Asian Cup kicks off.
I want to check as many players as possible and take along the best 23. The door to the national side is always open. Kagawa is very talented and I want to see him play in the centre of a 4-3-3 formation’’ Javier Aguirre added on.