The manager of the Japanese team met Guardiola to learn from "the best"
This weekend, the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals will be played without one of the sand-out teams of this championship. Despite having won 3 out of the 4 matches in the group stage, Japan has finished third due to points difference, on the verge of a historical qualification.
The Japanese team won the fans' heart after their demonstration of self-improvement. In the previous years, they had only won 1 match out of the 24 played. In 1991 they defeated Zimbabwe. This season they got 3 wins, one of which has a close relation with Guardiola.
On September 19, 2015, Japan got one of the greatest achievements ever. They won South Africa, one of the best teams in the world and candidate to win the World Cup, after an epic final try.
Many has been said about this final play and some match it with the coach Pep Guardiola. The Catalan is the model for Eddie Jones, Japan manager who met Guardiola a year ago to improve the tactical work of his team. "Guardiola is the best coach in the world and one always wants to learn from the bests. I want my team to be tactically flexible. Ruby and football are very similar, in the sense that you always want to move the ball to the appropriate place. And Guardiola's Barcelona was the best on moving the ball," said Jones.
In the winning play, which you can see in the video, Japan did up to 20 passes and made South Africa move, which created a big space to complete the try that will always be remembered in sport history.