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16.05.19

Team Manager Mischa and Player Ugajin attend post-match interview session after the match against FC Seoul  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa and Player Ugajin after the AFC Champions League 2016 Knock-out Stage Round 16 first match against FC Seoul

Comment from Player Tomoya Ugajin
We knew today’s match would be a very difficult one to play as we would play against FC Seoul as our opponent. However, the fact that each one of us played the match with a strong determination to win as a representative of Japan led to the victory we had today. Looking back at the overall match, I thought our team battled well around the ball many times today. As for the goal I scored, I felt that all our supporters’ cheers enabled me to successfully score the goal.

Comment from Team Manager Mischa
Though Ugajin did not elaborate on the goal he scored today, we had been practicing to execute the type of goal he scored during our training. While we don’t spend much time practicing corner kicks during training, we do work on the type of goal scoring skills you saw today. I think our practice paid off nicely today (lol). I thought Ugajin did a great job in nailing the goal while pretending to execute a crossing.

We had a very heated match today. As our game got over heated, I also started to feel very hot. However, as the color of my shirt which was white was the same color as our opponent team’s shirts, I had to wear a jacket in the hot heat.

As Ugajin mentioned earlier, our players played the match with a very strong determination and motivation to win. Many people including media have often commented that Japanese soccer players lag behind in terms of their physical aspects and movements around the ball compared to Korean players. However, our players battled well around the ball and ran very hard by keeping up with their stamina in order to dispel such beliefs.

I thought our team controlled the match well for about 75 minutes of the match except for the final 15 minutes. Though we won the match with a result of only one to zero, we should have won the match more distinctively by scoring a few more goals given our performance today. While we won the match today, we have just finished playing for the first part of the stage.

We will be playing our second leg match in one week’s time in Seoul. Though it is expected to be another very hard match, we would like to perform well also in Seoul just like we did today.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa and Player Ugajin attend post-match interview session after the match against FC Seoul