Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Nagoya Grampus  

Comment from Team Manager Oliveira after the Meiji Yasuda J1 League 11th sec match against Nagoya Grampus

We expected a match against a high-quality team such as Nagoya Grampus would be a tough one. Nagoya Grampus has four Brazilian players who can pull out killing performances as well. They made enormous contributions to their team today with two of them scoring the goals and the other two doing well tactically and strategically.

As for us, we played the match today following our long and hard travels and a hard match in hot temperatures. Nagoya Grampus is a tough team to play against even when our team plays under the same condition as they are in. But, both teams went through different circumstances to prepare for the match this time, and this might have had some impact on today’s match result. We struggled a little to play a well-balanced match.

Questions and Answers

Q: Nagoya Grampus scored the first goal and Urawa Reds ended up chasing the ball today. As a result, the match turned out to be a difficult one especially given the type of match Nagoya Grampus played. In reflection, what do you think your team needed to be mindful of today?

A: As I mentioned earlier, Nagoya Grampus is a challenging opponent even when both teams are playing under a same condition. Since we had to play the match after going through a tough circumstance which we had little control over, I believe our opponent team was in an advantageous position today. However, our players worked hard by giving it all they had today.
When our opponent team was pressing our team members hard from the far front, I told the team that both of our wing back players should be in high positions and we should aim to attack our opponent from behind while one of our mid-fielders move forward. We tried to move our back line forward by trying to lower our opponent’s defense line.

Q: You said that Nagoya Grampus has four highly capable Brazilian players. I trust you know some of them for some time now. Given that, did you have any specific measures against them in mind or did their performance exceed your expectation today?

A: I know Jô very well. I made him a professional player when he was 16 years old. I also know Gabriel Xavier quite well. I know João Schmidt well too. Unlike them, since Mateus has been playing in Japan for a long time as he came to Japan when he was young, I haven’t had many chances to see him play before. But, he also seemed to be a great player, didn’t he?

We conducted our training with those players in mind. We had worked on how to thwart their movements during our training. For this reason, I trust our players did well to obstruct their moves for most of the match today. Having said that, those four players exhibited their high capabilities a few times throughout the match today. Nonetheless, I trust our players made efforts to thwart most of their movements today.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Nagoya Grampus