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10.11.17

After playing the match against Jubilo Iwata-Team Manager Finke  

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke after playing in the forth round of the Emperor’s Cup against Jubilo Iwata
It does not happen so often to be able to win a game easily in this type of Cup match. Though it was such a difficult match to play today, considering our performance, it was justifiable that we won the match. In addition to the many injured players we already have, Yosuke Kashiwagi was also injured.
For this reason, we had to try something new in terms of our mid-fielder formation. The team faced such a difficult situation since Hosogai was also away from the team. Nonetheless, we were able to win the match today and I am very pleased about this. Since we won the match today, Spiranovic, Tatsuya Tanaka and Naoki Yamada may be able to play in the Emperor’s Cup match in December. Umesaki may be able to join the team to play in the Cup match as well. Umesaki has recovered quite well so far and he can join the team training sessions again soon.
As for Hosogai and Yosuke Kashiwagi, I am hoping that they will be able to come back to the team in a few days rather than the end of next month.
One thing I have to commend is the fact that we won the match today even though the team has never played in a match like we did today before. Certainly, there were times that the team performed poorly today.
For example, our team should have scored the second goal at an earlier stage since there was much space unoccupied by players. But, having said this, it is a very positive development for us that the team won the match today despite the difficult situations the team is currently in. This is something that needs to be recognized.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]






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