The initial euphoria of holding Japan 0-0 on their own turf has subsided and we are brought crashing down back to earth. Singapore football sucks. I am sorry for using such harsh language as a Singapore football fan but that is the plain truth.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic stated before the match that the entire Japan team were out for “revenge”, and from kick-off I could see that he was absolutely dead serious. Japan were playing with a modified 4-3-3 formation, with Honda on RW, Kanazaki in the central ST, and Muto on LW. This was a signal of intent that the Samurai Blue were going to attack from the start.
Japan had a plan — a fairly simple one — and they set out to accomplish it. The Blues constantly attacked down the wings, using the speed of Honda and H. Sakai down the right, and Muto and Nagatomo down the left to draw Singapore’s defenders out to mark them. This created space down the middle to allow Kanazaki and Kashiwagi to do their work, and this was how Kanazaki scored the opener. He found himself in acres of space and unleashed a powerful finish that not even Manuel Neuer could have stopped.
What was Singapore’s plan for the entire match? I watched, analysed, and pondered, and in the end I had no fucking clue. Every time they won back possession the players seemed to have no idea what to do with it… and they promptly lost the ball within seconds. Over and over again. The Singapore fans around me kept screaming “wah laooooo” every time there was a turnover of possession. It was damn frustrating to watch.
Whenever I am losing badly in Melty Blood I always have this mantra in my head, to keep telling myself to fall back and perform the simple things right. I don’t care if I lose badly, I just want to focus on simple, easy-to-achieve short-term goals. Finish my combos without dropping them. Do not get hit by a fireball. Get my opponent’s HP down to at least 50%.
Singapore couldn’t even perform the simple things right tonight. Short passes kept missing their target. I don’t remember a single Singapore player winning a header in the opposing half except for that headed chance that went wide in the second half.
People wonder why football-mad Singapore have struggled so much to qualify for the World Cup, why local fans don’t want to support their own S-League. Now you know the reason why. Go watch Singapore 0-3 Japan again, I dare you. It’s a complete horror show.