We are to play in the next round   

Comment from Team Manager Volker Finke on the day before the forth round of the Emperor’s Cup against Jubilo Iwata

First of all, it goes without saying that we will play with strong determination to win the match we will play tomorrow. However, what is so regrettable is that Yosuke Kashiwagi will not be able to play in the match tomorrow. In addition to this, Hosogai has also been away from the team. As you know, many other players are injured as well. Since our current situation is like this, I have to reconsider our mid field formation for tomorrow’s match. I have not finalized how our team will play in the match tomorrow. This is because I have received the message only this morning that Kashiwagi could no longer play in the match tomorrow. Nevertheless, I would like to do the best I can to find a good solution for the team. We would like to prepare ourselves the best we can to play well in tomorrow’s match.
I have considered several options for now. Chances are Ponte may have to play as a starting line up member depending on the situation. Actually, he has not fully recovered since he was away for a long time due to his injury. Nonetheless, we can ask him to play as a starting line up member and can replace him with another player mid way through the game when he can no longer continue on.
But, having said all this, since I have not made a final decision, I would like to think about this a little more before I finalize my idea. Another way to approach this is to introduce Ponte from half way through the first half of the game when our opponent players are worn out. But, despite the fact that I am considering to introduce Ponte as one of the starting line up members, I have not finalized the option. I have to think more about this. This is still only an option and I have to wait to see more about the current situation of the members. Depending on the situation on the day, the match may last for 120 minutes. We may have to play in a penalty shootout. Whatever the case may be, what is important for us is to win the right to play in the next round at the end of the match tomorrow.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]