Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni can’t deny “it’s a special game” against Italy in the Confederations Cup tomorrow.
The former Milan, Inter and Juventus Coach takes on his homeland at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT) on Wednesday in Recife.
“Obviously it’s a special game for me and it will be for my players too, as they will try to give their all on the pitch,” Zac told fifa.com.
Japan opened their Group A campaign with a 3-0 defeat to hosts Brazil.
“This competition is a sort of dress rehearsal for us ahead of the World Cup. We’re happy to have already achieved qualification and will use this opportunity to get to know the environment, the atmosphere, the stadiums and the fans.
“These are all elements that could give us an advantage in the 2014 World Cup.”