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Japan boss confident despite absence of CSKA's Honda, Inter's Nagatomo

Alberto Zaccheroni is confident his Japan side can get a positive result in Uzbekistan on Tuesday night.

The Blue Samurai needed a very late Maya Yoshida goal to defeat Korea DPR 1-0 in their opening match of third-round 2014 World Cup qualifying in Saitama on Friday and will now face the Uzbeks in Tashkent in a tricky fixture.

Japan are without two star players in CSKA Moscow forward Keisuke Honda and Inter Milan full-back Yutio Nagatomo but Zaccheroni believes he has enough depth to get a good result.

"I expect our opponents in the upcoming matches to stick together and defend deep as North Korea did," the Italian said.

"But we are a highly motivated group and we must be prepared for any opponents - whether they defend deep or come out in open play.

"My team can create more chances than our opponents within 90 minutes, as we did against North Korea when we had more personalities and more options up front.

"It is true that we don't have players matching the two of them (Honda and Nagatomo)," Zaccheroni added.

"But I am 100% satisfied with the players who have filled in for Honda and Nagatomo."

Andrew Slevison
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