Sunday February 6 2011
Zac: 'Nagatomo will be Inter success'

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni believes Yuto Nagatomo “will do very well at Inter and reflects Japanese football today.”

The former Nerazzurri Coach is fresh from winning the Asian Cup, where Nagatomo provided a winning assist in the Final.

Ex-Cesena full-back Nagatomo completed his transfer to Inter during the January window and is set to make his debut against Roma this evening.

“I am confident he'll do very well at Inter,” commented Zaccheroni.

“He reflects Japanese football today, as he is a hard worker and dedicated to his studies as well as football.

“Japan won the Asian Games in China with a side entirely formed of university students. It's not a coincidence.

“At the age of 21, a Japanese football player has technique and tactical nous, but also dedicates himself to learning and culture.

“In Europe, however, if a lad can play football then he pulls out of his studies. We should think about this.”