Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa insisted his team must score and play more effective against Singapore on Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers at National Stadium.
The Borussia Dortmund star also warned Samurai Blue squad to perform better than the previous encounter with the South-East Asian nation at Saitama Stadium in June when they suprisingly were held to a stalemate draw.
“We must create more chances. In the last match (a 0-0 draw against Singapore in Saitama), we attacked a lot but we didn’t manage to score,” the 26-year-old told The Straits Times.
“We will have to be aggressive and go for the ball even more, and I hope we make the most of our chances this time.
“In the last game, a lot of play was focused at the centre. But the flankers are also important, crosses are important too,” he added.
Japan currently sit level with Singapore on ten points in the Group E standings, having won three of their opening five fixtures. They are two points behind Syria who are at the top of table.