J.League vs JEF United Chiba   

2008 J.League 2nd Day 28th sec,5 October 2008 14:05 Kick off at Fukuda Denshi Arena

Match Result
JEF United Chiba (3-2) Urawa Reds

Goals:0・57min FUKAI(Chiba), 8min TULIO, 66min MICHAEL(Chiba), 86min EDMILSON


Comment of the Gert Engels(Team-Manager)
Today’s game was a game we had to win. I wanted our team players to start the game with that in mind. However, we lost a goal right after 20 seconds into the game. It had a very negative impact on us mentally. We were not able to seize the momentum after that. If we were to have lost another goal, which meant that we had to score 2 goals. Every player had that in his mind and that had a huge negative impact on the team. However, we managed to seize the momentum later on and there were many aggressive moments as well. But, in terms of the passes we were aiming to play, there was stiffness in the way we were playing today. Even when that was the case, we managed to score a goal before half time. For this reason, I thought that it was possible for us to have a fresh start in the second half of the game. However, despite the fact that we were able to play aggressively, we conceded another totally unnecessary goal. Then we conceded one more goal later on and this made the score 3 to 1. Obviously, it is very difficult to win the game from the score 3 to 1. Even though it was possible for us to score another goal, we only scored 2 goals today and could not score one more goal. This had a very negative effect on us today. It is necessary to become more aware of the offensive while playing aggressively. If we cannot achieve both, it is difficult to play well. We have the ACL semifinal game on Wednesday, so we must reset our minds as soon as possible. It will be a different competition and the semifinal will be significant to us. Therefore, we must refocus ourselves and prepare ourselves well for the semifinal rather than dwelling on the league match. As for the league match, though it will depend on the Nagoya’s result, I believe that we must win 6 times in order to be the champion. I know we still have the chance to be the champion for this league. But, for now, I would like our team to prepare for the ACL semifinal.

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