FC Tokyo still on for title

It is that time of the season in Japan when you start to look at who will win the league and who shall go down. Looking then at the J League 1 with 14 games remaining FC Tokyo hold a slender three-point lead with Yokohama, Kashima Antlers and Kawasaki Frontale just behind. 

Yokohama the team to beat

During this week three of the top five were in action as Sanfrecce Hiroshima overcame Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 and Kashima Antlers drew with Urawa Reds. The failure of teams to close the gap on FC Tokyo means that Yokohama is currently the side to defeat. 

Yokohama F. Marinos to give them their full name has been on remarkable form this season and despite the club having a big history, the side is looking for their league title since 2004. Despite then previously having ex-players such as Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura they have failed to impress in the last decade. 

That's all changed this season as they mount a title challenge while playing exciting passing football. In fact, they look so good that after they lost last weekend to Manchester City 3-1 in a friendly Pep Guardiola said: "It was an incredible test for us, incredibly demanding because of the conditions and the quality of the opponent."

An impressive season so far as been helped by the Brazilian attacking pair of Edigar Junio and Marcos Junior who have 20 goals between them this season. They have also been helped by 21-year-old Keita Endo who is likewise exciting and must be nearing a call up to the Japan squad. 

FC Tokyo still top

Despite the good performance by teams around them FC Tokyo still tops the J League 1. Although this seasons been anything but plain sailing for the side from Japans Capital. This is seen with the side going on runs where they don't pick up victories. 

Evidence of this was with the team just getting the two victories in June, a mouth which saw star man Takefusa Kubo first head to the Copa America with Japan. Then later on at the end of the month, the youngster left permanently for Real Madrid. 

Despite the lad only being 18-years-old he was a big player for his club in the first part of the season and this was seen as 90Min described him as a bargain. 

After all, this upheaval seems to be over it looks like the season is back on track for the club as they picked up two wins from three in July in the league. Although August is a big month as they face three home games in a row before having a run of away matches due to the Rugby World Cup taking place at the clubs stadium. 

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