Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed



Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success.

Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, who like Aguirre lost his first game in charge last week said, “He is a good coach and has achieved results at the top level and that will have a positive effect on Japan.

“He will give them a bit of Latin flavor and I think that is good, but patience is needed. He has only just taken charge of the team and it is going to take some time for him to get the team playing the way he wants them to.”

Aguirre made a losing start after sloppy defending led to both goals in a 2-0 defeat against Uruguay in Sapporo on Friday.

Sanvicente, who took the Venezuela job in July after Cesar Farias resigned following the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, will also be hoping for a win after a 3-1 reverse on Friday away to South Korea.

“We are trying new things, too, and we tried to play aggressively against South Korea but we made mistakes and lost the match,” Sanvicente said, adding he was impressed with the way Japan played against Uruguay.

“Japan have got players playing at the top level like (Keisuke) Honda at AC Milan and (Junya) Tanaka at Sporting Lisbon and the team had more possession of the ball than Uruguay.

“They made mistakes that cost them but overall I thought they played well. It won’t be easy for us but hopefully we can deliver a good performance.”