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16.04.19

Team Manager Mischa and Player Makino attend official interview session before the match against Sydney FC  

An official AFC Champions League 2016 pre-match interview session was held at Sydney Football Stadium on 19 April ahead of the group stage MD5 match against Sydney FC which will be held the next day. Urawa Reds Team Manager Mischa and Player Tomoaki Makino attended the interview session to express their determination for the match.

Comment from Team Manager Mischa

Hello everyone. Thank you for the members of the Japanese media who came a long way to Sydney to report on the match. As you know, I walk with a walking stick because of my herniated back problem. People of Australia must be wondering what is wrong with me. Due to my back problem, I find it difficult to put strength to my legs and this is the reason why I use the walking stick. However, please be informed that this does not have any negative impact on my role as the team manager.

While players must run around to play against their opponent teams on the pitch, team managers must think about their matches. As for me, since I ran so much for about 20 years as a player before I retired, I don’t think it would be necessary for me to run around on the pitch (lol).

Anyway, let me put kidding aside and talk about tomorrow’s match. Sydney FC has been doing well in the ACL by achieving positive results three times in a row after they lost their first ACL match and an away match against us. Though they lost their first ACL match, they pulled off a very good match after that. Looking at the quality of their performance since their first ACL match, I regard them as a very good team, therefore, we will have a challenging match tomorrow.

Since Sydney FC has won three ACL matches in a row, it is fair to say that their passing through the group stage is almost guaranteed. On the contrary, our team needs to score some points to get through to the next stage. For this reason, we must be united as a team and battle hard to win the match.

As you know, big earth quakes hit the Kumamoto area of Japan and many lives have been lost. Many people are now living in evacuation centers as a result. As a team representing Japan, we would like to play well to win the match tomorrow so that we can give as much encouragement and hope as possible to those people. Though there have been lots of gloomy news, I would like to bring as much positive news as possible back to Japan.

Comment from Tomoaki Makino

Though my visit this time marks my fifth trip to Australia, this is the first time for me to come to Sydney. I think Sydney is a very beautiful place and the stadium is also very nice. We will try to play a great match tomorrow so that people in Sydney will get to know Urawa Reds.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa and Player Makino attend official interview session before the match against Sydney FC Team Manager Mischa and Player Makino attend official interview session before the match against Sydney FC Team Manager Mischa and Player Makino attend official interview session before the match against Sydney FC