It will be a very challenging match for both teams-Team Manager Mischa  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa the day before the J. League10th Sec against Jubilo Iwata

It is always a challenge for us to fight against Jublio Iwata. The next match will be tough for us and I believe for Jubilo Iwata as well. Iwata has lost their last two league matches in a row and we have lost our previous match against Yokohama F-Marinos. I am sure that Iwata will work hard to stem the tide by winning their next match to move forward in the right direction. Obviously, we also feel the same way. For this reason, our next match will be a very challenging and hard one.

Iwata has performed well in their home matches during this season. They have won a total of seven official home matches (though it was officially confirmed to be six after the interview) including league matches and cup matches so far for this season. Iwata is a great team with old experienced players and young players playing in a balanced manner. As every team is aware of their opponent’s strengths, in Iwata’s case, I believe it is important for us to control their team’s three formidable players namely Komano on the right side, Yamada on the mid right position and Maeda who interacts with the two players. Obviously, there is no doubt that they have other formidable players. Nonetheless, I think that Jubilo Iwata’s right side attacks are quite dangerous.
As for us, recently we have lost several goals in set plays and cross plays. Though we have had good positioning, advantageous numbers and good marking, we still lost goals. This means that our players have to remain concentrated until the very end in order to reinforce our defense. When our team lost the first goal during the previous match against Yokohama F-Marinos, our players were unable to move to block the kick in the last minute though we had players in the penalty area. As for the second goal we lost, though we marked our opponent players, we were unable to follow through till the end.
Conversely, when our team took the corner and Makino headed the ball without the opponent team blocking, he was not able to score the goal with the header shot. Certainly, these types of things happen when playing soccer. However, we must learn from such scenarios to perform better in our next match. By looking at the overall match, I thought Makino had the best scoring opportunity. In any case, such things happen when playing soccer.
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It will be a very challenging match for both teams-Team Manager Mischa