Football: Japan coach Javier Aguirre cannot wait for Brazil clash

Japan's coach Javier Aguirre of Mexico looks on during a training session ahead of their friendly soccer match against Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore on Oct 13, 2014. It is a day before his biggest match as head coach of the Japan f
Japan's coach Javier Aguirre of Mexico looks on during a training session ahead of their friendly soccer match against Brazil at the National Stadium in Singapore on Oct 13, 2014. It is a day before his biggest match as head coach of the Japan football team, but Javier Aguirre is far from overwhelmed. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

It is a day before his biggest match as head coach of the Japan football team, but Javier Aguirre is far from overwhelmed.

At a pre-match press conference on Monday evening, the Mexican said: "We are so grateful to face a world-class side like Brazil. We can't wait to show everyone what we're capable of."

Japan play Brazil at Singapore's National Stadium on Tuesday in an international friendly. It is Aguirre's fourth match in charge since being appointed head coach of the Samurai Blue in July.

On his game-plan, Aguirre said: "Brazil will keep the ball longer with their many top players, so we won't get a lot of chances. We must take whatever opportunity that comes along."

Having just guided his side to a 1-0 win over Jamaica in Niigata last Friday, Aguirre is mindful of exhaustion, and will give more players a run-out against the five-time world champions.

He said: "I will make six changes from the team that started against Jamaica. I want to see as many players as possible before the Asian Cup. They must show me what they can do for the national team."

The Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup, kicks off in Australia next January. Japan are defending champions.