We have been able to demonstrate the direction we aim to take-Team Manager Mischa  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the J. League 11th Sec match against Albirex Niigata

The match turned out to be how we had anticipated before the match. In the ten matches, Albirex Niigata has played this season they have won against Cerezo Osaka and Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Both teams are among the best J. League teams which are capable of conducting great attacks by maintaining the ball in their possession. As I said, Albirex Niigata was able to win against such formidable teams in away matches.
As we had expected, Niigata players ’conducted a compact defense in their side of the pitch and their two front players, Lopes and Michael set off counter attacks after their team members stole the ball from us in a dangerous manner. When opponent players have strong defence, it is not so easy to break their defensive. Though it was the case with Albirex Niigata, our team did well to make attacks against them by using side players effectively during the first half of the match.

It was unfortunate that Hirakawa had to be replaced due to an injury. Another side player Umesaki was not playing 100 percent either as he just recovered from his injury. If our side players were able to perform in their usual way and break free from one-on-one situations, our team must have performed better in defense altogether.
Though the ball movements in the centre were unsettling at times, the team was able to make good attacks from the sides. If Haraguchi had been able to score a second goal, we would have conquered the match during the first half.

Recently, our team has been losing goals. During the match against Yokohama F-Marinos, we lost two goals by set plays. We also lost two goals against Jubilo Iwata by cross plays. As for today’s match, we lost a goal from a throw-in. They were points we should not have missed in reality. We had a very open game during the second half of the match today. I thought our opponent had a few good scoring opportunities and so did we.

In the end, the match finished as a draw today. Looking at our team’s performance, they sometimes did so well in attacking the opponent. However, they were not able to perform like this constantly. We will be a much better team when we can perform the way we should for a whole 90 minutes.

In this regard, our team is still in the process. Our players worked so hard until the last moment in order to win the match. Certainly, some players still have to refine their performances and we must develop further as a team. However, in the world of soccer, we cannot be better at everything in a few days. We must continue to make progress one by one. We must keep working hard day by day to develop further. I think we have been able to demonstrate the direction we aim to take. We still have a few injured players at the moment. But, when they come back to the team, I am sure we can show a lot better performance as a team.
[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

We have been able to demonstrate the direction we aim to take-Team Manager Mischa