Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against FC Machida Zelvia  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the 95th Emperor's Cup All Japan Football Championship Round 16 (fourth round) against FC Machida Zelvia

Though our team won the match by a big margin in the end, we were able to find out why FC Machida Zelvia was able to win against Nagoya Grampus and Avispa Fukuoka to get to today’s round. I was able to see not only they have a number of skillful players but also they are a well-organized team. We certainly were in a difficult situation at the beginning of the match against FC Machida Zelvia.

Our team struggled at first to build up the match as we hoped as two top players of Machida chased our players. However, our team corrected the way we established our offensive as time passed and we managed to build up the match relatively well in the way we usually do.

At the beginning of the second half of the match, our team again struggled a little to create a favorable situation for ourselves and allowed our opponent team to score one goal, which made the result of the match at that point three to one. However, our players kept their calm after that and managed to score a few more goals while they built up their offensive well. I think our team built up their attacks effectively by being tactful about both on and off ball movements and their side rotation. Our players also displayed their strong determination to win against their challenging opponent until the very end of the match. I commend our players for playing a fantastic match as they had a number of good offensive movements.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against FC Machida Zelvia