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

Comment from Team Manager Oliveira after the J. League YBC Levain Cup Group Stage 5th Sec match against Nagoya Grampus

We had a very tight game today. Nagoya Grampus is a team with good skills and that can move the ball around well. They have good support players and the team can retain the ball among themselves. In other words, Nagoya Grampus is a difficult team to play against.

However, Urawa Reds players responded well with our good defense. As a result, we were able to block Nagoya Grampus’s main attacks. Keeping our defense line forward, we aimed to wage counter attacks using the space behind our opponent players by taking advantage of our speed.

Questions and Answers
Q: Compared to the J. League match players, many of the players who played in today’s match have had more direct training under yourself. With this in mind, how would you evaluate the outcome of the match and the players’ performance today?
A: By putting our players under an appropriate level of load during training, I have tried to prepare them to be in good condition to play for 90 minutes without much trouble.

Q: We noticed that you had the team in the four-back formation for the first time since you assumed the position of team manager. How much do you think your team members were able to carry out what you had intended them to do?
A: Of course, there are still some small adjustments that need to be made and it is difficult to bring a big change to the team over such a short period of time. However, I thought they have responded well. I also wanted to provide the opportunity to those players to play in an official match who don’t play in the J. League matches often. I wanted to create a situation where every player is involved to fight through together. We had two good training sessions and our players showed the outcome of these sessions well during today’s match.

Q: Rules of the Cup have changed since when you were the Kashima Antlers team manager. Those teams that play in the Levain Cup now have to have U-21 players as their starting members. What do you think of this rule change?
A: I think this is a great idea. Young players can gain experience and build up their career by playing in the Cup match. I think this is an interesting rule. I also think that having the Cup match held alongside the J. League match concurrently is good as all teams will utilize as many players as possible to play in official matches.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

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