Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against Sagan Tosu  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 2nd Stage 13th Sec match against Sagan Tosu

We had expected that Sagan Tosu would form a strong defense with eleven players retreated back to their side of the field and aim to score goals by counter attacks today. We have played several matches against Sagan Tosu in the past which were similar to the one we had today. I know very well that it is difficult to break the defense when our opponent team is seriously committed to form a strong defense.

I can’t criticize our players who fought through with a very strong determination to win until the very end of the match today. However, our players didn’t have the precision in their last passes or last kicks today. In addition, they also failed to break free and dribble past our opponent players’ defense to allow other members of the team to be free.

also felt that our players failed to do enough in terms of building up attacks as they were not able to get their opponent players to come to the front by dribbling the ball to move forward from behind. It is not possible to break an opponent team’s defense just by passing the ball from behind without real movements. It was necessary for us to create a breakthrough in our opponent’s defense by making a favorable situation for us in terms of the numbers of players by dribbling the ball forward from the back.

During the second half of the match, Sagan Tosu had a decisive moment. However, it was lucky for us that our goal keeper Nishikawa stopped our opponent team to score another goal. If our opponent team had managed to score that goal, our team would have lost the match today with the result of one to two. Just before the end of the match, the ball our player kicked hit the goal bar. Had we had a chance to nail that kick, our team could have won the match today.

Looking back at the overall match, I think it was justifiable that we finished the match with a draw. It is difficult to play soccer as you wish to play. It is truly a pity that we finished the match with a draw today. However, it is not possible to win every single match we play. Playing the type of match we had today is also a part of playing soccer.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Sagan Tosu