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

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 2nd Stage 1st Sec match against Matsumoto Yamaga F.C.

I have nothing particular to comment on in regards to the actual content of the match.

During the first half of the match, our opponent had more like an eight back formation rather than six back in defense. However our team was able to score a goal to take the lead by breaking through our opponent’s defense. Even after our team took the lead, our opponent didn’t attempt to take the ball away from us at all. They hardly tried to steal the ball from us even when our team kept possession of the ball and passed it back to our goal keeper. Under such circumstances, our team seized good chances to move forward into our opponent’s side of the field and created several scoring opportunities.

During the second half of the match, I felt the ball was more up in the air than it was rolling on the pitch. After the result became two to one, our opponent team began to control the match. As a result, our team had to play along with their pace.

Regarding our team’s performance in general, I don’t think it was satisfactory. Nonetheless, I recognize positively the fact that our team won the match in the end. The match unfolded in the way that is difficult to analyze properly. But, overall, it was great that we won the away match and can return home with a victory from Matsumoto.

I thought that our opponent team definitely had some chances to catch up with our team to achieve the result of two to two by set plays, long balls or long throw-ins. However, our team managed to prevent our opponent team from scoring any further goals until the very end of the match. I am pleased that our team seized the victory by keeping their lead.

However, one thing I would like to ask everyone is not to regard today’s outcome of us narrowly finishing the match with a result of two to one as something very positive. We had about 18,000 spectators in the stadium to cheer up both teams. But, I don’t think the soccer we played today was something they should regard as good soccer.

I think our team should have won against an opponent like today’s in a more high quality way. Having said that playing a game of soccer requires an opponent team.

I believe there are many different opinions. But, in my opinion, Japanese soccer must have more substantial quality. It is fine for anyone to play soccer based on their own ideas. But, I wanted to share my personal view by saying what I have just said.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

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