Team Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki – press conference after the match against Vissel Kobe  

Comment from Team Manager Otsuki after the Meiji Yasuda J1 League 23rd Sec match against Vissel Kobe

We finished the match with zero goals while our opponent scored three though the ball our team kicked hit the goal post twice. We must admit our defeat wholeheartedly and commit ourselves in our daily training from tomorrow.

We were unable to control the match well today. Our opponent team scored two goals while the ball was in our possession. We must reflect on our weak points including this.

Questions and Answers

Q: During today’s match, Sekine and Ugajin swapped their positions from last sec match and Sugimoto was selected as one of the starting members. Can you comment on your intentions and your thoughts on how this arrangement went?

A: I had some clear intentions, but the outcome was not good as our team finished the match as we did today. Having said that, I trust the main reason for our bad defeat was us not being able to control the match well. We couldn’t control the match well during the first part until we had the water break and we didn’t prepare ourselves well for the second half of the match during the half time break. We didn’t have good defense from the front and the front couldn’t coordinate well with the back. After we changed positions and corrected our front-line movements, we were able to keep the ball to ourselves. However, we lost our goals while we had the ball in our possession. It was a pity that we gave our opponent a confidence boost by allowing them to score these goals.

Q: In comparison to Vissel Kobe, it seemed as though Urawa Reds players were tripping many times as a result of their feet being caught in the grass lawn particularly during the first half of the match. Did this happen under individual responsibility such as not choosing the right spiked shoes or rather the team not having the right information before hand?

A: It is true that the pitch was quite slippery. However, we did confirm this before the match. Players checked this among themselves, as well, our club staff informed them of the condition before the match started. But, the fact of the matter is that when the pitch is slippery, it is inevitable that some players slip. As this is the case, I tell our players that they must respond well by getting themselves up quickly and move on to the next step quickly when this happens. But, in reality, things didn’t work as well as we intended today.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

Team Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki – press conference after the match against Vissel Kobe