The day before the second quarter final on 29 July–Team Manager Finke  

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke on the day before the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup second quarter final against Shimizu S-pulse
I did all I was able to do over the past three days. Firstly, I looked for players who had not been injured. Secondly, I analyzed the previous match we played and conducted strategic training. Thirdly, we prepared ourselves for our next match with positive determination. We will play the second quarter final for the Cup match. Even though we were able to win the first match, it does not mean that we are in the position of playing the second match feeling easy. For this reason, I think it is important for us to work hard on the pitch tomorrow so that we will be able to have a good result tomorrow. Since you observed our training session today, I assume you are already aware of which players participated in the training. In regards to injuries, we have to be careful for Keisuke Tsuboi and Naoki Yamada, not to mention Ponte. I will make the final decision about the starting lineup members tomorrow by looking at the players’ conditions tomorrow. This is because I would like to assess the condition of each player well as well as to talk with each of them tomorrow morning.