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 5th sec match against Vissel Kobe

I find it difficult to find something positive about our performance during today’s match.

Our team’s performance during the first half was our worst one during this season. Luckily, the match progressed with Vissel Kobe not performing that well either. During the first half of the match, our team members were not performing the type of soccer we always aim to achieve and how they passed the ball around and moved off the ball were different from our usual moves. During half time, I gave my team members loud instructions.

Once the second half of the match started, our players were able to start to play well and create good momentum as they tried to better position themselves on the pitch. Having said that, they should have played a lot better when it comes to the style of soccer we aim to play.

As for our previous match against Gamba Osaka, while our team created several great scoring opportunities, we ended up with finishing the match with a draw of one to one. On the other hand, we struggled to create good scoring opportunities during today’s match. Nonetheless, I am glad that our team was able to win the match today. Soccer is such an interesting sport as our team ended up with a draw when we played really well previously, but won when not performing particularly well this time.

I make very positive comments when our team performs well even when they lose. However, I also speak honestly when our team didn’t perform well just like how they played today. In Japan, people tend to judge a team’s performance based on the result of the match they played and there are many team managers who think in that way. But, for me, I would like to judge our team’s performance by looking objectively at their actual performance. As the team manager of Urawa Reds, if I only pursue good results, there is something missing. As Urawa Reds has the largest number of supporters in Japan, we must pursue both the quality of actual performance and good results to the very highest levels. As this is the case, there is more to it than just saying we did well as we won the match today. After all, it is necessary for us to win our matches by pulling out good performances.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

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