Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Kashima Antlers  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2017 match against Kashima Antlers

The season has finally started. Both team played really well today. During the first half of the match, our opponent team was trying to target our three-back members especially at the beginning of the match. Nonetheless, our players fought well against our opponent until they scored a goal ahead of us from their free kick. However, after we lost the first goal, our players rushed themselves forward in order to catch up with our opponent and lost a good balance. As a result, we lost another goal from a counter after our opponent took the ball from us.

Though our players struggled as Kashima Antlers led the match with two to zero, they managed to bring themselves back together during the second half of the match and they were able to create a few goal scoring opportunities with Koroki as an originator. After positioning Abe to left-side-stopper and having Ugajin and Sekine on both sides, our team created a good momentum for making attacks and had managed to catch up with our opponent.

After that, our team was very close to score another goal. However, we lost another goal in an unfortunate way, which should not have happened.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Kashima Antlers