Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo  

Comment from Team Manager Oliveira after the Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2nd sec match against Consadole Sapporo

Good evening everyone. The first half of the match went really badly and we were not able to perform in the way we had prepared ourselves. But, our opponent team was good at taking advantage of our weak points and they had a great match today. Our team’s performance improved during the second half of the match. However, it wasn’t enough. We can perform better than how we did today and certainly we should do.

Questions and Answers
Q: What were the reasons why your team was not able to play well during the first half of the match today?
A: Under normal circumstances, we would have carried out the match compactly at a lot earlier stage. But, we couldn’t do that well during today’s match. Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo took our weaknesses to their advantage and their two tops pushed our final line and used the open space between our defender and midfielder lines. We would have eliminated the space in other matches but we couldn’t do that today.

Q: Your team was trying to get the ball from Sapporo from the front but struggled to do so. Was that because the players who should have dealt with the situation were not able to do their jobs properly or was it because your team was not organized as a whole?
A: In some situations, the team didn’t work well as a whole to press our opponent team. But, we had anticipated what kind of match we would play against Sapporo and we ran our training based on the assumption of how they would pass the ball amongst themselves. In the end, some of our players couldn’t perform in the way they should have and for that reason, we struggled to press our opponent team as a whole.

Q: During the first half of the match, your team was in a vicious cycle of being pressed by your opponent rather than your team pressing them. In the second half, your team regained momentum and as a result both teams where on an equal footing. What are your thoughts on your team’s defense?
A: That is right. To have a good front line defense, we must put a filter on the front line. It is important for front line players to thwart the opponent team’s movements. However, our team failed to be compact and our front-line players were not able to carry out what they were supposed to do at the beginning of the match. Our opponent two top players pressed our defender line to create an advantageous space for their team.
Q: How do you evaluate Ewerton’s performance?
A: During today’s match, it seemed as though Ewerton was under pressure to deal with many different things. He was trying to make the team to be compact. At the same time, he was working hard to come forward to press our opponent team. I trust he was working hard against Hokkaido’s forward players. His performance improved during the second half of the match.

Q: You talked about your team’s tactics in the match today. But, it looked as though your team members were simply not moving around well today. Do you think their physical conditions haven’t improved well?
A: Our team has been having good physical training. When we lose a match, we need to reflect on our mistakes. But, we also need to recognize the good points of our opponent’s performance. As far as today’s match is concerned, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo did a great job and played a good match worthy of their wining result.

Q: What is the effect of not having Muto joining the team?
A: Since I had spoken several times about Muto and Aoki, I decided that I won’t be speaking about them anymore as it may sound as though I am trying to make some excuses. Considering the continuity of what I want to implement, not having them with in the team has been affecting the team greatly. It may be better to add newly joined members to the existing team from last year in stages. Perhaps, it will be easier for our new members to fit in well with the team.

Q: It looks like Martinus has improved greatly.
A: Martinus has been improving greatly this year. He has changed drastically in his mental aspect. It was obvious that he has high-quality skills. He has speed, is clever and is skilled in passing, dribbling and kicking. This year, he has heightened motivations as well and he is working well with the team, too.

Q: Your team has another match to play on Wednesday. How will you bring the team back in good condition?
A: As for the starting members of today’s match, the next training we will have together will be on Tuesday. However, the preparation we do off the pitch also plays an important role and we will start from there. For example, we are going to have a feedback meeting on Monday. I will show footage from today’s match to the team on Monday and our next opponent’s footage on Tuesday before our training.

Thank you for your attention. I will make sure that our team will have a brighter outlook so that I can see brighter expressions on your faces again.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo