Today’s game aimed to improve our team performance, as I repeatedly say. Although the players were not able to score so many goals, I am sure that they've leant how they should play for the upcoming games. We should be satisfied with this result but will try to perform better in the games ahead.
Q: You went in behind shortly after the kick-off for the first half. Wasn’t it your target to have a good start?
Today we could not create our pace in the first half, which was similar to the last game. However, the players eventually got their rhythm, and could come back from behind shortly after conceding the opening goal.
Q: After the game against Shimizu, Cerezo couldn't get many scores. How would you improve it?
Improving the mentality would be easier than a practical thing. We need to work harder everyday in training sessions, which will change our performance. When a good performance becomes second nature, we will score more goals. I know that fans are anticipating more goals, so we would like to live up to that.
■ Hiroshi Kiyotake
Souza was on the pitch, so I was playing near the forward.
Q: What do you think about your assist for the first goal?
I played a penetrating pass Kota, just as he came to a good position. We broke the defense and scored a goal, so it was good.
Q: Do you think that your opening goal gave a relief to team?
In this type of game, university students tend to play aggressively. That is why I thought that we need to be more aggressive, and should play our game, rather than responding to their tactics. They did vey well with a lot of spirit, and were a strong opponent.
Cerezo struggles against Niigata University of Health and Welfare, Mizunuma and Tanaka’s goals leads to a 2-0 win for the first game
This game took place on the 21st June, along with the J-league. The manger Yun commented that this game contributed to getting Cerezo back on track after the 15th scrappy game against Shimizu S-Pulse. In this game, the opponents were amateurs. However, our main players were picked up for playing against Shimizu such as Hotaru Yamaguchi, Matej Jonjic and Kota Mizumuma. Furthermore, Hiroshi Kiyotake positioned just behind strikers, played for 45 minutes in the second half at the game against Shimizu and got the equalizer. Souza also appeared in the pitch despite of the suspension at the game against Shimizu.
On the 10th minute after the kick-off, Cerezo took a lead from Kiyotake’s amazing deep pass to Mizunuma. Umarked Mizunuma shot a goal with his left foot. After the game, Kiyotake commented, “ Mizunuma was moving well and ran to a good position. So, what I just sent the ball to him. We broke the defense and scored a goal. It was good”
Surely, Kiyotake’s sharp sense of the pass must have brought the goal.
Even after the goal, “Switch your mind! Don’t stop!” Mizunuma shouted at the team. During the game, Cerezo had never breathed a sigh of relief. On the 19th minute of the first half, an additional goal hit the net. Kiyotake, Yamtuchi and Mizunuma played the switch. Mizunuma passed the ball back. Yusuke Tanaka jumped from the right side back, and shot to the back of the net. After the game, The No 5 commented “ The ball was coming from the left and going out to the right, the ball which set up by Kota was very good, so I just focused on hitting the target. As the goalkeeper was closer to one side, I decided to hit it to the other side of the net at close range.”
When the second goal hit the net, the University’s manager, Hirokazu Sakuma might have said, “My old player has done very well”. Sakuma used to be a coach for Tanaka at Tokogakuen high school.
Later on, Cerezo could not accelerate attacking and struggled for a spell, eventually putting out a defensive side. Goalkeeper, Kenta Tanno, Jonjic and Teruaki Moniwa had never allowed the defense to be broken down. In the end, Cerezo won 2-0 and went through to the third game against Albirex Nigata.