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Finns' coach: Tone it down
Shintaro Kano / Daily Yomiuri Sportswriter
Takeshi Okada may have the right intentions in setting the semifinals as Japan's target at the next World Cup, but they could backfire, said Finland coach Stuart Baxter, former manager of J.League sides Vissel Kobe and Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
"I think the people in Japan--and the people in Finland--don't want to hear the coach say, 'We're going to get knocked out in the first round,'" Baxter said Tuesday, ahead of Japan's friendly against Finland at the National Stadium in Tokyo this evening.
"What you do as a coach is share your dreams, and that becomes …