While I am pleased about our victory, we could have scored a few more additional goals – Team Manager Mischa  

Comment from Team Manager Mischa after the J. League 24th Sec match against Kashiwa Reysol

Luckily our team won the match today and I am happy about our victory. As it always seems to be the case with Kashiwa Reysol, they have studied our team very well. They have lost three recent matches in a row. However, looking back at their performances during those matches, I believe they out did their opponent teams even though they lost.

As for our performance, our team played really well during the first half of the match. They led the match with the result of two to zero but they also created a few more opportunities to score more goals. Kashiwa Reysol scored one goal while our team struggled to get more goals, which made it difficult for us to have a good start in the second half of the match.

When our team scored a third goal by a penalty kick and Kashiwa Reysol had to send off one player from the pitch, the result of the match was almost decided. Our opponent team had lost yet another player after that. So, I wanted our team to score a few more goals. It was great that our team won the match with the score result of 3 to 1. However, the fact that there was no additional goals scored after that can be regarded as one of the issues the Japanese soccer world has.

Throughout my life in the soccer sphere, I have rarely seen a situation where a team strengthens its defense with all eleven players retreating back to their own side of the field even after their opponent team is leading the match by two goals.

It was not an easy game for us to play when our opponent team didn’t come to the front to take the ball from us even when our team was leading the match by two goals.
Now I would like to ask you questions before you ask me questions. Do you think our team has a number of high quality players who are feared by other teams as extremely formidable players? Do you think the level of difference between our players and our opponent players is so extreme that our opponent players find it difficult to attack us even when they are behind by two goals?

I have been in Japan as a team manager of Japanese soccer teams over the last eight and a half years but I have rarely come across a situation where an opponent team plays so defensively even when they are behind by two goals. Under such a situation, our opponent team usually tries to come from the front to steal a ball from us when our team leads the match by a few goals.

[Urawa Reds Official Media (URD: OM)]

While I am pleased about our victory, we could have scored a few more additional goals – Team Manager Mischa