Team Manager Mischa - press conference after the match against Vissel Kobe  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company J. League 2nd stage 10th sec match against Vissel Kobe

To sum up, I must say that our team failed to do what they needed to be careful of and did what they shouldn’t have done during today’s match. Vissel Kobe is the team that manages to score goals with their counter attacks. For this reason, we had to be on top of accuracy and quality when we were building up our attacks in order not to lose the ball in dangerous situations. We practiced this very point to increase our accuracy when launching attacks throughout the week. However, we failed against our opponent team’s tactical maneuvers.

When we lost the two goals, we lost the ball in dangerous manners and Vissel Kobe players scored the goals as a result of their counter attacks for both occasions. Looking back at how dangerously the ball was taken away from us, it was understandable that our opponent team was successful to capitalize on their strengths to achieve their goal.

It was a pity that those of our players who normally wouldn’t make the types of mistakes they had made actually made several mistakes today.
Having been put under the pressure of losing the game with 0 to 2, our team had managed to press our opponent team and had made courageous attacks to score one goal. However, while our team had created a few opportunities to catch up with our opponent team, they were not able to nail the chances they had created. When playing the type of game they did today, it would be very hard to catch up and come from behind when our opponent was winning by a two-goal margin.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Mischa – press conference after the match against Vissel Kobe