J.League vs Vissel Kobe   

2008 J.League 1st Day 29th sec,18 October 2008 15:01 Kick off at Saitama Stadium 2002

Match Result
Urawa Reds (0-1) Vissel Kobe

Goals:82min LEANDRO(Kobe)


Comment of the Gert Engels(Team-Manager)
To be honest, I did not think we played well. Today’s game was a game we had to win. In the first half of the game, I wanted our team players to be in the offensive as soon as possible and score a goal early on. However, there were very few moments where our players played like real Reds’ players. We often lost the ball and it took a long time between passes. Looking at individual players, it looked as though they played only 70 ~ 80 % of their potential. Obviously, there must have been many reasons for this. But, considering the great atmosphere of the stadium with 47,000 spectators and the fact that we were playing for the championship, our players should have shown more passion, a fighting spirit and their confidence. This was the most important point which was missing today. I felt that our players succumbed to pressures as well. If Edmilson was able to fulfil his chance of scoring a goal in the first half of the game, the situation might have been different. I wanted our team to start aggressively in the second half as well. I also put Tatsuya on the pitch. However, our team played a very complicated game and they took a long time before they were able to get to the goal. We conceded a goal from a counter attack from our corner kick. But, our opponent had a great chance even before then. Therefore, today’s result of 0 to 1 was justified.

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