The number of goals the team scored failed to match the scoring opportunities created-Team Manager Mischa  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the J. League 12th Sec match against Shimizu S-Pulse
We had such a tough match today. Recently, we had been struggling to win our home matches as we lost the match against Yokohama F-Marinos and had a tied match against Albirex Niigata. For this reason, our players played with a very strong determination to win the match in front of so many supporters today.

Shimizu S-Pulse has been doing very well recently. They have ranked above Urawa Reds as they stand second in the J. League standing. Therefore, we had a very challenging match against them. I thought our team did well to counter their attacks from the beginning of the first half of the match. Shimizu S-Pulse’s strength is its side attacks from both sides. However, our team was able to control their strong point well by marking their players. Looking at how they scored goals in the past, Shimizu S-Pulse has often scored goals by crossing after cutting into their opponent teams from the outside. For this reason, we tried to counter their side attacks and did not allow them to have good crossings. As a result, we managed to reduce the chance of our opponent team to score goals. Our team did well to take the ball from Shimizu’s well organized defense and was able to conduct dangerous counter attacks. I thought our team created many scoring opportunities by changing from defensive to offensive quickly after they had the ball and running forward to a crucial spot. They should have scored a few more goals during the first half of the match.

In regards to the second half of the match, our team continued their good defensive and managed not to give many scoring chances to Shimizu S-Pulse. However, after the opponent team lost one player, our team became restless and rushed into their attacks though they should have been calmer. They should have been more settled while each player was establishing his own positioning well to make good attacks in our opponent’s side of the pitch. I thought that our team players required a little more calmness in this regard.

Our team created several good scoring opportunities today. However, the number of goals they scored failed to match the scoring opportunities they created today. After one of the opponent players was sent off from the pitch, our players started to play and control the game individually rather than as a team. But, we need to get the ball, move and get to an unoccupied space. We need to constantly repeat this process.

We must demonstrate what we have been trained to do during the 90 minutes of the match. We must constantly go forward and move. And, we must do this as a team in coordination with other team players. Our players no longer play the type of individual soccer they used to play. We must stop playing such a style of soccer and try to perform what we are currently working on at all times.

At last but not the least, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to our wonderful supporters. They always support us in our home stadium and give us great cheering until the last moment. I thank our supporters who create such a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium. I take it as our responsibility to play even better soccer to achieve better results. We must show better soccer which can bring more happiness to our supporters. As we work hard in our daily training, I am positive that we would be able to fulfill such obligations more in the future. It is great to be able to perform in front of 35,000 spectators and we are truly blessed in this regard. We never take this for granted and will continue to make efforts to give even better performances in the future.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

The number of goals the team scored failed to match the scoring opportunities created-Team Manager Mischa