Coach Okada Press Conference:
Q: How is your current state of mind?
A: Weâ€™ve done everything we needed to do. We are not overly excited nor are we overly concerned. There is some nervousness, but I want let the players show their best. I want the team to perform its best.
Q: Will the team play defensively?
A: I want to create a condition where the players can bring out their strengths. Iâ€™ll tell them that in the meetings. Not once have I told them to play especially defensively because the opponent is Cameroon. We want to be assertive on both offense and defense.
Q: How will you stop Etoâ€™o?
A: Etoâ€™o is not the kind of player that we canâ€™t mark one-on-one. They have an abundance of offensive players so itâ€™s not like we can just mark Etoâ€™o, but Iâ€™d like to hold him with a number of players instead of just one central defender.
Q: Where will the goals come from?
A: Watching this tournament, the goals seem to come from counter attacks and set pieces. Weâ€™re looking for that pattern too or stealing the ball up front and scoring from there.
Q: Will you make a similar pre-game speech to the one you gave 12 years ago (in World Cup â€™98)?
A: I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be making the same speech, but I havenâ€™t thought of anything special to say. I just donâ€™t want to say anything that wonâ€™t allow the players to bring out their best
Q: What color glasses will you be wearing tomorrow?
A: Iâ€™ll be wearing the glasses that Iâ€™m required to wear under my contract. I think itâ€™s blue.
Q: How do you see the game going?
A: Ideally, weâ€™ll get the first goal and see if we can add to that. If we were to beat Cameroon, it will be 1-0 or 2-1. If the halftime score is 0-0 or 0-1, weâ€™ll be OK.
FW/MF Keisuke Honda: Iâ€™m really relaxed. Itâ€™s a really good pitch and Iâ€™m personally really excited.
DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka: Weâ€™ve prepared well and done what needed to be done. I want to give my best and bring Japan to victory. Iâ€™m praying that tomorrow will be a good day.
FW Okazaki: As a forward, I wasnâ€™t able to score during preparations, but weâ€™ve come this far and none of that matters now. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™ll be starting or not tomorrow, but I know that if I score I will get on a roll.
DF Nagatomo: (On South Korea winning its first match) Thereâ€™s nothing that South Korea can do that we canâ€™t do.
MF Hasebe: I want to go out and get a victory in the first game. We didnâ€™t have the best results during preparations but our fitness levels are high and the mood is extremely good.
GK Kawashima: Weâ€™ve prepared well so all we have left to do is go out and play. I want to go all out from the first game. The longer we hold them, the better our chances of winning. Finally, Iâ€™ll stand on the pitch with the intent of stopping them myself.