Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against F.C.Tokyo  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 2nd Stage 15th Sec match against F.C.Tokyo

It is perhaps difficult for everyone here today to imagine but it is hard to make a comment about the match after such a stressful performance.

I thought the match was a spectacular match with seven goals scored. I trust it was an exciting and satisfying match for those who watched the match at the stadium and it must have been the case even more so for those who supported the winning team. Overall, there is no doubt that it was a fantastic match for both teams.

As far as I could see, our players were able to play the match with abundant stamina until about 75 minutes into the match. Though our opponent team changed their formations a few times during the match, our players were able to respond to them well and controlled the match by making good attacks.

However, after we lost the second goal, our players stopped passing the ball forward among them. Perhaps this was because they were a little nervous or afraid. The first reason is probably because they started to lose their stamina. However, after they lost the second goal, they were afraid of continuing to pass the ball around among themselves and started to kick long balls instead. After this had happened, our team was pressed by our opponent team by their long balls as they are good at long balls.

In Japan, when a team leads a match by four to one, players tend to stop being aggressive to score more goals. I wonder why this is the case. For this reason, not only do I try to find the answer to this question, I try to address this very point. In the case of German players for example, if they are under a similar circumstance, they have the mentality to score as many goals as possible in order to beat their opponent team completely. I hope our players have the same mentality.

During a boxing match, if a boxer punches his opponent and the opponent is affected by the punch, there is no doubt that the boxer will try to give him another blow to win the match. I think the same mentality should apply to soccer. When a team leads a match with a four to one result, the winning team should work harder to bring down their opponent.

FC Tokyo, the team we played against today, is a great and formidable team and the fact that we were able to score the winning three points against them is something we should feel satisfied with. However, it is also true that we must reflect on the match in order to do well during our next match. Our next opponent is Kawasaki Frontale which is the most aggressive team in the J. League. We must learn from our reflection on today’s match in order to determine how we play our next match against Kawasaki Frontale.

Now I would like to ask everyone here not to ask why Urawa Reds lost three goals or why FC Tokyo lost four goals today. It is rare to have a match where seven goals are scored in total.

Both teams did their best to have a fantastic match today and I am certain that those who watched our match simply enjoyed it today. As I mentioned during the press conference question and answer session yesterday, under the two league match system we now have, we cannot win the league title even if we score the most number of winning points this year. As this is the case, I told my team players that we should not play under more pressure than necessary. I told them that we should play our own style of soccer as we know that we will play in the championship in the end. And, I feel that our players did exactly that during today’s match.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against F.C.Tokyo