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 1st Stage 14th Sec match against Sagan Tosu

We performed most terribly during the first half of the match. I have been leading the team over the last three and a half years but I felt as though the team was not my own team. Our team kicked long balls just like our opponent did in response to their performance. I felt I was watching a volleyball match. However, during the second half of the match, each player in our team remained in his position and moved the ball very swiftly among themselves from the center to the sides. Our team was able to attack our opponent team effectively by taking advantage of the fact that they had one less player. I believe that’s how we should play soccer. Sagan Tosu must have found it difficult to block our attacks with the ball passed vigorously among ourselves as they had one less player than us. We always train ourselves to play such soccer and we must play this style of soccer on the pitch as we practice daily.

As I mentioned in my comment after the pervious match, Urawa Reds’ strength is in the way we play collectively as a team. We cannot maximize our strength if individual players decide to do whatever they like to do on the pitch.
It is important for each of our players to fulfil their role in his position. If our players start to do whatever they wish to do, we won’t be a strong team. We would probably go back to how the team was in 2011. We must always keep this in mind when playing a match.
Our team hasn’t lost the past 13 matches we played so far. But, today’s match taught us an important lesson. If we can be conscious about how we must play, we would be able to continue to win. However, if we fail to do so, we will go down in the standings before we know it. I believe that today’s match presented us with a challenge we must deal with at the most opportune timing. Though we won the match with a result of six to one. I was not fully satisfied with our team’s performance and I am quite upset about the bad performance during the first half of the match.

Urawa Reds lost the last season’s home match against Sagan Tosu with the result of zero to one. I said at that time that despite the team’s defeat, the team performed really well. However, regarding today’s match, I fell that the team’s performance was not satisfactory despite our victory. During our last season’s match against Sagan Tosu, we created many scoring opportunities but Sagan Tosu nailed the one chance they created. I believe it is important for us not to regard all victorious matches as good results when assessing soccer.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD:OM)]

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