Team Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki - Press Conference after the Match against Yokohama F. Marinos  

Comment from Team Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki after the Meiji Yasuda J1 League 2nd Sec Match against Yokohama F. Marinos (Urawa Reds Match Partner Ceremony Co., Ltd.)

We have trained ourselves well until now. We discussed amongst ourselves that we would make sure to put all what we had practiced into the match today, though it has been a long time since we last played an official match. However, most important of all, it was great that we were able to play the match against Yokohama F. Marinos in our stadium today. Both our players and Yokohama players worked really hard in order to win the match. I am extremely delighted that such a day has finally come back to us.

Questions and Answers

Q: Compared to the matches played last year and the 1st sec match played this year, Urawa Reds seemed to have played today’s match with a lot more positive and challenging spirit. What did you think of the team’s attitude?

A: During our training and just before we headed off to the match today, we discussed amongst ourselves that we would make sure to express our readiness and challenging spirit during today’s match. We also aimed to defend ourselves proactively. Though our team struggled at times due to some exhaustion, I believe our team was able to play the type of match which we had trained and prepared ourselves for. Having said that, I told my team in the locker room after the match that we must build upon today’s performance as this would form the basis and benchmark for our future performances. I will make our team challenge more in the upcoming matches.

Q: Urawa Reds lost the opening match as well as the Levain Cup match played before. But, the team managed to finish today’s match without losing any points. What did you think of your team’s defense?

A: Goal keeper Nishikawa had a great performance by pulling out a big save towards the end of the match. However, not everything went perfectly as we had some difficult moments such as our opponent team obstructed our ball when we restarted the match. Overall, I think both teams had good defense today as neither of us were able to score any goals during the match.

Q: Urawa Reds players were playing neck and neck with your opponent for about 25 minutes into both the first and second halves of the match. But, it seemed as though your opponent team gained more control of the match for some time after that. Do you think this happened because your team started to lose their physical strength? Could you please also comment on what you think of the substitution rule change? Now that the you have experienced the new rule, what kind of benefit do you think your team will have thanks to this change?

A: When it comes to the question of which team is in more control and when, there is more to it than just the physical condition of players. Players may receive new instructions while they are drinking water for example. As for today’s match, regardless of which team was in control, it would have been great had we been able to score some goals by nailing the chances we created when we executed our intentions well.

Regarding the rule change, we simulated several scenarios before the match started. We wanted to play an aggressive match today. However, as you saw, we had a player who suffered from a leg cramp during the match. I was a little surprised by this as our players warmed up and hydrated themselves well ahead of the match. I guess this was the reflection of our team’s strong desire to win against Yokohama F. Marinos today. I am not sure what you thought of our approach including our substitutes today but I will continue to work on developing a good substitute plan for our team for our future matches.

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Team Manager Tsuyoshi Otsuki – Press Conference after the Match against Yokohama F. Marinos