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09.05.10

After playing the match against Kawasaki Frontale-Team Manager Finke  

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke after playing in the J. League Eleventh Sec. against Kawasaki Frontale.
I am certainly not happy about loosing our match played in our home stadium. As we have so many fans and supporters visit the stadium to support us, I would always like to earn 3 points in this stadium. However, it was unfortunate not to be able to win the match today.
We managed to lead the game with 2 to 1 during the match. However, we could not win the game to get 3 points. If I could comment a little further, our team gave the opponent the chance for a penalty kick in a way I did not expect, which lead the opponent to catch up with us. With this goal, I felt as though we were then on the loser’s track rather than being able to getting away with a draw. Unfortunately, we took the path.
Having said that, it does not mean that our players performed poorly all the way through. We played really well at times. I think that today’s score made us realize what our challenges are. Now, I would like to take this opportunity to commend our opponent team. The team has three or four excellent attackers and they played very viciously on the pitch.

(It seems as though your team was in a rush after the opponent caught up with you.)
We might have given you such an impression. However, as far as I can remember, I do not think we were in a disadvantageous situation when we conceded the third goal. An opponent player was able to get to the ball swiftly in a sprint and we lost the goal as a result. Basically, I do not plan to play a defensive game in our home matches especially when we have a tied score like we did in this game. I feel that players should aim to score goals as much as possible. For this reason, it is easy to say in retrospect that we should have played a defensive game especially after we had a tied score. But, this is not what I think. I must watch this game again tomorrow after I have some sleep. However, as far as I can remember, our team lost the final score unfortunately because they could not catch up with the speed of the game.
I substituted Shunki Takahashi in part because the players on the pitch were not playing a speedy game due to being worn out. For this reason, I also put Shunki in as he has excellent instantaneous force.

(As Ponte was not playing today, did it have any impact on the match?)
It is very difficult to say whether one player has significant impact on the result of a game. I can not say we would have won the game even if Ponte was playing today. We are in a very difficult situation. I did not touch upon this issue before we played the game today, but we do not have three of our attackers namely Tatsuya Tanaka, Robson Ponte and Tsukasa Umesaki at the moment. We do not have many attackers in our team. As such, it is true that we face a big problem when such capable players are away at the same time.

(You substituted Haraguchi who was one of the main players passing the ball out of the game after 15 minutes into the second half of the game. What was the reason for this and was it related to the fact that he had been given a yellow card?)
To be honest with you, I do not think that it was “too early” for Genki Haraguchi to be pulled out. It is true that he already had a yellow card. I thought that he might have got another yellow card at an earlier stage of the match as he pulled an opponent player’s shirt just before the change over. However, referees did not blow the whistle and it was unlike them to let the game flow in our favor. I thought that it might be a good idea to pull Genki out at an early stage considering the risk of him being given another yellow card.