Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against Nagoya Grampus  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 1st Stage 9th Sec match against Nagoya Grampus

We had a challenging game today due to strong wind. We aimed to make attacks against our opponent team by kicking long balls to the back of their defense line after side changes and built up. However, we lacked precision in doing so due to the strong wind. Though the wind was not constantly blowing strong and the velocity was also different whether it was blowing over the ground or in the air, I believe it made it difficult for our players to perform well. Despite such a condition, our players pulled off a good game from the beginning of the match. It is especially worth noting that Endo kicked a long ball precisely to Muto twice and it wouldn’t have been a surprise if we had led the match at that time. It was great that our team was able to create some scoring opportunities throughout the match.

Having said that, towards the end of the first half of the match, our team had sluggish moments after they failed to nail a decisive scoring opportunity they had created when they were leading the match one to zero. As a result, our opponent team caught up with us by making the most of the only chance they created. When playing soccer, this type of scenario is not uncommon in which a team fails to nail an opportunity to score another goal while their opponent makes the most of one scoring chance they create.

During half time, I told my team that they have to put more pressure on our opponent players while maintaining a strong determination to score more goals. As Nagoya Grampus is not the type of team that has extremely tight defense but rather a team which puts pressure on their opponent from the front, I said to my team that it was important for us to keep the ball moving among ourselves without feeling threatened by such pressure while marking the spaces our opponent create. As for the second half of the match, I thought our team was able to perform as they intended to perform.

Today’s match was a very dangerous match for our team. As we won our previous match against Kawasaki Frontale, our team received many words of praise. However, such praise could have had an adverse effect on our players as it may distract them from staying focused. However, our players kept their sense of tension, remained highly concentrated and had a strong determination to defeat our opponent team. It is not uncommon for a team to lose a match after they achieved great results for a couple of matches as they get distracted. But, our team didn’t go down that path and achieved another great result today, which is something I should commend.

Having said that, we cannot rely on our past glory to be successful in the future. As the match against Nagoya Grampus is now behind us, we must do our best for the upcoming match from now.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Nagoya Grampus