Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Y.S.C.C. Yokohama  

Comment from Team Manager Oliveira after the Emperor’s Cup JFA 98th Japan Football Championship 2nd round match against Y.S.C.C. Yokohama

We had a very challenging match today. I checked our opponent team’s past few matches for our preparation and I found them to be a very well-trained and well-organized team. They kept running for 90 minutes and had continued to press our team. As this was the case, the victorious result we have achieved today is very valuable to us. In other words, Urawa Reds worked very hard to win the match today.

Questions and Answers
Q: I believe Urawa Reds created more decisive opportunities throughout the match. But, the opponent team had also waged good offense up to a certain point today. What do you think made the difference to the final outcome?

A: Our opponent team worked hard with a strong determination to win. They were following their team manager’s directions well and also followed the rules well. As this was the case, our players were not able to outdo them especially at the beginning of the match. Our opponent team was challenging us with a strong determination to win.

However, after we scored the first goal, our opponent team might have been shaken up and we were able to play against them in a calmer manner as a result.
Since this match was a one-shot tournament match, the team that scored the first goal would be psychologically in an advantageous position. The fact that our team scored the first goal helped us to play in a calmer manner.

Q: Since your team players were playing against the J3 division team, I imagine you had to be careful to work on the motivations of your team players.

A: I thought it would be crucial for us to prepare ourselves well mentally for this match. As we had hardly any time to prepare ourselves for this match, all of us got together for the first time yesterday for our training and practiced our set-piece plays. As such, what was important for us leading up to today’s match was the training we had been having earlier on as well as the motivation to work hard and make a push.

Q: Though the team had a very challenging match today, Urawa Reds scored three goals – firstly as a result of the opponent’s own goal, secondly as a result of a penalty kick and finally by Yuki Yamada. I believe he worked hard to switch off from defense to offense and made the most of the stamina he has to make a great contribution to the team’s victorious result today. What do you think about him?

A: I have known Yuki since he was a quite young player. I regard him as a player with a presence. Knowing how he was when he was younger and thinking that he was a good player, I was surprised to find out that he wasn’t a regular member for the team since coming back to Japan.

Yuki is a player with a very high potential and I believe he will be able to fulfil his potential. As this is the case, I make him work on those qualities during training. Yuki works diligently during training and he also has a strong mentality. For this reason, I would like to see his capability and potential which I felt seven or eight years ago to come up to the surface.

I am confident that he will be able to perform really well once he can regain his confidence and can fully show his capacities, and I think he is already moving in the right direction.

Q: During half time, you were requesting the team to give good support once forward players have the ball. You also requested the team to overlap. You now seem to play a very different style of soccer compared to when you were leading Kashima Antlers playing very tight soccer.

A: During half time, I gave team some directions regarding defense. When Y.S.C.C. Yokohama players were playing in a two-top formation and our players got the ball, our opponent players were putting pressure on our center back player. As this made it difficult for us to build up the game after we got the ball in our possession, I told the team to be mindful of this.

Following this, I talked about our attacks. I requested the team to form a triangle on the side and to overlap through our combination plays. I also asked Yamada and Abe to provide support to Koroki by positioning themselves a little closer to him. This was because Koroki was a little isolated and was put under pressure as opponent players came back to press him. As a result, our team had less options to wage attacks against our opponent team.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Oswaldo Oliveira – press conference after the match against Y.S.C.C. Yokohama