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 7th Sec match against Nagoya Grampus

We had a fantastic match today. However, the goal we lost at the very end was not necessary. Though our team performed really well today, I feel upset about the goal we lost. During the last season, our team lost a goal towards the end of the match against Gamba Osaka, Sagan Tosu and Nagoya Grampus. As a result, we could not win the J. League title last year. Conceding a goal today reminded me of those moments. For this reason, I am upset about the loss.

Our team’s performance during today’s match was great in many regards. They did well in terms of stamina, moving around the ball, discipline and switching between offensive and defensive play. Yet, the final result of two to one can be viewed as a narrow win. However, Urawa Reds has had similar experiences in the past.

I am also not satisfied about the fact that our team struggles to follow through on the chances they create. I would like to ask our team players tomorrow how many goals Nagoya Grampus could have scored had they been able to create as many scoring opportunities as we did today. I suspect that they would have been able to score four or five goals had they been in the same situation. Our team was able to make excellent attacks from time to time today. However, it is important that they nail the opportunities they create to score goals.

However, having said all I have said, there is no doubt that everyone who watched the match today enjoyed it. We played a very speedy and high tempo game today. I guess even spectators in the stadium were not able to view every single element covered during the match today. Looking at the match overall, it is justified that we won today. However, as I said earlier, I am not satisfied with some aspects of the match.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

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