I commend our players who played with a strong determination to win-Team Manager Mischa  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the J. League 15th Sec match against FC Tokyo

I spent a long time to think about how we should start today’s match. As I observed the match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and FC Tokyo, I knew that FC Tokyo’s play style was the same when they played against Hiroshima. I had to decide whether we should direct our opponent players to our side of the pitch and then try to make counter attacks while playing a defensive match or continue to play as we usually do. I chose to play an offensive match. Our opponent tried to induce us to make mistakes and to make counter attacks. As a result, they scored a goal against our team.

After all, it is more difficult to wage offensive attacks than to play a defensive match when we are playing in a series of matches over a short period of time in this hot weather. We have to remain concentrated and make precise attacks. It is certainly difficult to do so. It is easier for players to guard off their opponent attacks than to break opponents’ defense.

Having said that, I did not want to see both teams engage in a less exciting defensive match. Though FC Tokyo led the match with the score of two to zero, our team took some risks and managed to make dangerous attacks against them. Since there were not many players in the center of the field as our opponent players started to lose their stamina, our team players were able to make fierce attacks there as well as from the sides.

I was able to feel our players’ strong determination to conquer the match despite the very hard situation they were facing. I would like to commend our players for showing their strength in adversity.

FC Tokyo is an extremely strong team. I am not sure why they have only scored 20 points so far. Either way, it is to our team players’ credit that they caught up with this formidable team under a hard situation to the point where they could have almost turned around the overall score had there been another five minutes to play. I really commend our team’s tenacity.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

I commend our players who played with a strong determination to win-Team Manager Mischa