Japan head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned that Syria could pose a serious threat to his team’s ambition ahead of the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers encounter on Thursday.
Syria currently occupy first place after winning their opening three matches, while the Blue Samurai are in second position with seven points, having won two matches and drawn with Singapore.
Vahid Halilhodzic’s men are hot favourites to win, especially with the fact that his side have never lost to Syria in eight previous meetings, but insisted that the 62-year-old tactician will not underestimate the West Asian opponents.
“The match against Syria is going to be most difficult and most important among the matches we had in this year,” he told reporters. “They have a couple of good players and don’t need so many goal-scoring opportunities.
“I watched about eight of the Syria matches, and I know each player’s strength and weakness and the way they play.
“We need to get ready to win the battle. We’ve got excellent quality and experience. We will come out with confidence and keep winning.”