Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against Vegalta Sendai  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 1st Stage 7th Sec match against Vegalta Sendai

We predicted how today’s match would proceed before playing today. I can expect to see the type of match we had today many times in the future just like we have experienced in past matches. Our players performed as they had intended to perform against our opponent team’s defensive play.

Having said that, it was difficult to find weak spots in our opponent team’s formation at the beginning of the match as they were in fresh condition. Another thing we didn’t do as well as our previous matches was that we didn’t switch from offensive to defensive play sharply after we lost the ball under our control. Our players repeatedly tried to make attacks against our opponent team both from the sides and center effectively by being patient from the first half of the match. I knew that it was not possible for our opponent team to be so disciplined that they could block every single attack our team attempted to make against them throughout the entire 90 minutes of the match. I had a strong belief that we could score goals as long as we had clear objectives to achieve while being patient and were able to make repeated attacks.

After we led the match with the result of 1 to 0, we thought the match would be a little bit easier. However, as our team lost a goal immediately after that, it must have been a real shock for our players as well. Under such a circumstance of being caught up by our opponent team, I had been observing our players to find out how they would deal with such a situation. When this type of thing happens, players often get nervous or feel rushed to make attacks. However, our players today remained calm and had executed what needed to be done. Through such an observation, I was able to see how much our players have developed. Our players had managed to score a few more goals after that. I thought they could have scored one or two more goals in reality.

Our players lost goals unnecessarily after taking the lead and this was the case with our match against Ventforet Kofu as well. Our next challenge for the future is to be able to remain concentrated while moving the match forward. As for today’s match specifically, I felt it is necessary for us to switch from offensive to defensive play more quickly at the front line. Though there are a few things that need to be better addressed, I felt that our team was able to adhere to playing aggressive soccer today regardless of how our players played.

Our fans and supporters come to the stadium to see the type of soccer where two teams attack one another in good tempo. However, it won’t be an interesting match if only one team wishes to play such type of soccer.

The opponent teams we play against often seem to have a very realistic approach by placing a lot of importance on defensive plays. I also trust that our supporters expect to see our opponent teams attempt to play counter attacks while playing a defensive match. I trust our supporters’ reactions after we had a scoreless tied match against Yokohama F. Marinos showed their support and recognition of our team’s challenges by keep making attacks on our opponent team. I feel that our fans and supporters way of viewing the whole situation provides real encouragement to our team.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Vegalta Sendai