“Puedes hablar Español?” (Can you speak Spanish?) A female Japanese journalist asked me when I was leaving the Spain national team camp in Qatar University. But it wasn’t the first time that day that a Japanese journalist asked me this question.
As Japan’s training was 5 pm local time, Spain camp became the most attractive destination in a very hot day in Doha. So Japanese Journalists were there to find out what Spanish media think about the crucial match which will be played in two days later.
But there wasn’t any concern among Spanish media representatives. They were in a good mood and joking while covering the training. In contrast to their Japanese colleague, they are almost sure that La Roja (Spain National team) will be in the next round and from today they were thinking about the last 16 and last 8 games.
On the pitch, Luis Enrique’s men were a little late to show up and the journalist sweated under the sun and another time it came to mind of many that it would be a disaster if Qatar held the World Cup in June and July.
When La Roja players finally were on the pitch, except for Rodri and Gavi who were training on stationary bicycles under a fitness coach, others were doing simple things to warm up.
I don´t know if a Japanese journalist found someone to ask his questions or not but there are many questions that Hajime Moriyasu should find their answers in upcoming days and the most important one is: “Can Japan beat Spain and get through to the next round?”