Thursday, December 18, 2014   

(World Cup) Japan's Kagawa bathes with mates to wash away blues
(06-19 16:09)

Japan's Shinji Kagawa was so dejected after the Asian champions lost their World Cup opener that his team-mates invited him to jump in the tub together to wash away the blues.
Striker Yoshito Okubo offered some consoling words for the Manchester United player during a soak, while defender Yuto Nagatomo also hopped in, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
Kagawa had little impact as Japan were beaten 2-1 by Ivory Coast in their Group C game in Brazil, and Okubo gave him the naked truth about his performance.
"I spoke with Shinji,'' Okubo told the Nikkan Sports daily. "He was really depressed but he's looking forward now. If he doesn't do the business, Japan have no chance.''
The Blue Samurai face Greece in a must-win match on Thursday.
In an article entitled "Okubo gives Kagawa the love whip'', the soapy heart-to-heart reportedly did the trick to shake Kagawa from his funk.
"You were absolutely useless,'' Okubo was quoted as saying to the mercurial midfielder as they soaked at their training base in Itu, in the northeast of Sao Paulo. --AFP   
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