Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke after playing in the quarter final match of the Emperor’s Cup against Gamba Osaka
I believe that we were able to see a very exiting, interesting high quality match today. All our players were making dedicated efforts until the last moment and had a very strong determination to devote themselves to winning the match.
For this reason, it was truly a pity that we were not able to win the match today by making the most of the opportunities we had towards the very end of the match when our team players were in our opponent’s penalty area as we were not playing in the most cleaver manner. However, having said that, I do not think the performance our players showed on the pitch was something that we should feel ashamed of. I thought some of our players’ performances had improved drastically and they were performing exceptionally well. However, we now have come to the point where we have to make another step forward. Our players will have to get tangible results through their good performances. They have to make the most of the decisive opportunities they create to actually score goals. This is what they have to work on from now. I believe this will be their challenge in the next year and beyond.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]