After playing the match against Jef United Chiba-Team Manager Finke  

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke after playing in the J. League Seventh Sec. against Jef United Ichihara Chiba
In regards to the first half, both teams did not play really well. It was, in a sense, like the weather we had today.
However, we played very well in the second half despite the condition we were in. It was also reasonable for us to win the match with the score we had. I think the score we had was achieved by moving around actively.

(It must have been difficult to appoint Naoki Yamada to play in the match as he had a different training program during the week.)
I had no intention of releasing him from playing. The muscle injury he had can happen several thousand times in the soccer sphere and when muscles swell like they did in his case, players can recover usually within three or four days based on my past experiences. As a matter of fact, he had no problems when he joined team training on Friday. As this was the case, I did not have to worry at all about appointing him to play fully in the match. I had no intention of not making him play.

(What kind of corrections did you make in terms of the offensive in the second half? What do you think was at work as the scores of the past four J. League matches were all one nil?)
When we have the score of one nil for several matches in a row, people must think the club now has an Italian team manager. But, that is not true. I think we have had a firm aggressive defense for the past few matches in reality.
As we have a good team defense, we have been able to finish matches without losing any points. I think Edmilson is a good example of the team. Edmilson plays good defense for the team in the front line. How many times in last year’s matches did he defend the team like he has been doing? In reality, I don’t think he defended the team before like he has been doing this year. When players play good defense like this, this will create good scoring opportunities for attacking players. For this reason, I think that good front line defense as part of the team defense led to no goals conceded.
It is important for all the players on the pitch to play aggressive defense. I think scoring chances will be created naturally when they can do that. As you said, we have had the score of 1 to 0 for several matches in a row. It is true that we could not score additional goals. However, we also created more scoring chances than our opponent teams did. In regards to what changes we made for the second half of the matches, I am not going to reveal what I discussed with my players during half time. One thing I would like to say is that I was able to watch the first half of the match very positively. I pointed out some problems to the players and we had some discussion regarding those points. I was able to convey what I wanted to convey to the players in the right way and I believe that this enabled them to play really well like they did in the second half.

(I don’t think that you have been able to be at the top in a top soccer league until now. Now that you made it to the top, how do you feel about this?)
My team once ranked third in the Bundesliga in Germany. I think I was able to achieve good results in Germany as ranked third in the league at that time meant my team was better than FC Bayern München. In that sense, I think I had good results when I was in Germany. Certainly, we must consider how valuable this ranking at third is. Obviously, we must take many things into consideration such as ranking charts, budget and size of clubs. For this reason, I do not think it would be easy to compare the results other clubs had and I had.
I would like you to understand that I do not pay too much attention to the ranking chart at this moment. What is important for us is the fact that we are moving forward in the right direction very positively. When I can continue to move in the right direction with the team in the future, I maybe able to have a good result.

(How do you evaluate the performance of Naoki Yamada and Genki Haraguchi today?)
I was asked similar questions from TV reporters earlier. I feel great pleasure when I look at a good performance and development of young players as well as those of older players. When I observed them play, older players were performing so well compared to how they played last year. One of the good examples was Nobuhisa Yamada who is 33 years old. As such, it is significant for me to see how players develop regardless of their age. I think this will lead to a great development for our team as a whole.
Young players certainly will get great experience out of playing in such high level games at their age. It is true that such young players’ development will have a good impact on the entire team. Having said that, I do not want to distinguish players greatly based on their age. This is because the team is developing positively in the right direction.
Even though I cannot read Japanese newspapers, I have often seen in some newspapers that young players were depicted as though they would be the member of the national team straight away or would have strong connections with the national team. I spent a long time with many young players when I was in Germany. I trained many young players. I do not plan to present this as though an old man is talking of fairy tales in front of everyone but what I can say based on my past experiences is that we must always be careful with such young players.
It is very important for them to take time to develop themselves with firm minds. I do not think it would be good for their development either, if they were given too much attention and depicted as though they would be the member of the national team at an early stage or they would be the “next faces” of the World Cup.
It is important for them to be able to nurture their capabilities constantly as well as to be given the opportunity to do so. I think that the same goes with the case of Genki Haraguchi and Naoki Yamada.