Nagatomo and Shibasaki impressed by new coach Aguirre
The Inter Milan full-back is in Singapore with the Japan National Team for a high profile friendly with Brazil on Tuesday, as part of their preparations for January’s Asian Cup tournament.
Nagatomo is no stranger to training under top coaches, having played for the likes of Leonardo and Claudio Ranieri, and spoke to assembled media after Japan’s training session on Saturday morning at Bishan Stadium.
“It’s a new start now [under Aguirre],” he said, through a translator.
“There have been differences such as the strategies, but if I were to name [them all], it will be very long.
“His strategies and training methods are very good, and he is also a very approachable coach. He is strict as well.”
Aguirre took over as Japan coach following Alberto Zaccheroni’s resignation after a poor showing at the 2014 World Cup.
The former Mexico, Atletico Madrid and Espanyol manager has been looking to blood in youngsters, calling up the likes of 22-year-old Kashima Antlers midfielder Gaku Shibasaki and Vissel’s 23-year-old Ryota Moriaka.
Although one win in three games might not suggest a turnaround in form for the defending Asian Champions, Shibasaki feels that training under Aguirre has already been beneficial.
“The trainings are short, but it is very intensive,” the former U17 international revealed.
“The speed is good so I’m benefitting from it. He’s very strict, but it’s okay and easy for us to train under him.”
“This is a new team under a new coach; it will be a new start for us.”
Japan and Brazil face off at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 14, 2014. Tickets can still be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg.