Sixth day at Miyazaki training camp-Team Manager Finke  

Comment from Team Manager Finke after finishing the sixth day of the Miyazaki training camp.

I view the type of match we had today as part of the program to improve stamina. When players play for 45 minutes in a match as they did today, they do not run around the pitch with the same speed for 45 minutes. They go through different phases with different speeds as they often do when playing a full soccer match. For this reason, I assume that playing matches during practice sessions are more fun to our players than just running.
What was particularly important during the practice match we had today was the performance of players who played in the second half of the previous match we had against Nissho Gakuen High School soccer team (held on 17 January). Even though I do understand that they were very tired at that time, I was still very much disappointed in their previous performance. For this reason, I was really hoping that they would prove themselves well during the match we had today.
I introduced Kashiwagi into the team who played in the second half of the previous game today. As a result, Kato had to leave the team today. Kato usually plays as a goal keeper in matches. However, he performed well as a field player during the previous match. Therefore, Kato was not responsible for the disappointing performance the team had during the second half of the previous match. The same members played during the first half of the match we had today. I think they have managed to meet my expectation well this time.
They scored three goals and they finished the first half of the match without giving almost any decisive scoring opportunities to our opponent. As a professional team I think that they must win all matches they play against high school or university teams no matter how tired they may be. Today’s match was included as part of our training camp program. I think it was a very valuable match for us.
Another good thing to mention today is the fact that no one has been injured so far. I hope we will be able to carry on our training without any injuries.

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