“Though we scored early in the game, we lost a goal soon after, so it became a regrettable match. We faced the game with 3 backs, that was the first time with that formation for us, but the players worked out very well and played well for both defence and offence. We created many chances today. Though we are struggling to score, they showed good linking at attack. Also at defence, they were very strict on risk management. I feel very sorry that we cannot satisfy those many people who’s been supporting us. We will keep working hard for the series of matches coming forward by concentrating and preparing well.”
Q: It seems 3-4-2-1 formation that you used again since the match for Suruga Bank Championship was working well. Did you use it because of the system of Consadole Sapporo, or will you continue to do for future games too?
“Because we have some injured players, I brought this system in to maximise our current available players’ play. I thought not only about defence but also the way for attacking, then decided this system. It’s not because of Sapporo. Hopefully, we would be able to use both systems (with 4-4-2), then it’ll give us more strategical choices, so I would like to try this system again.”
Q: Although the result was draw, it was an away game and Cerezo was dominated, so it could be a more meaningful draw, may be?
“It’s not only for us, but for any teams that including Sapporo, the result of soccer game is decided by if you can execute when you have a chance. All players have desire to execute but it doesn’t work at all the time, and that make them feeling under the pressure. In our team, especially Kenyu (Sugimoto), he has some chances at every matches but keep failing, so he is probably feeling psychological pressure. If all the players can finish when the chance come, we will be able to change the flow to good. We are failing to win every game at the moment, however we had some discoveries from today’s match, so we want to use it at the next game.”
■ Matej Jonjic
Q: Please look back at your scoring moment?
“It was a great cross, so all I had to do was entering into the space that was timely available in front of me. I haven’t watched the goal scene myself yet, would like to watch it (laughter).”
Q: Scoring from set-piece taken by you was one of the strongest points for the team in the last season too. Would you like to continue to score by this way?
“Yes. Though we had some chances in this season too but narrowly missed by hitting crossbar or cleared on the line. But I can sense that we can finish lately, so would like to use it as our weapon.”
Q: It must be the match you wanted to win, especially because you had the opening goal at early hours?
“We lost a goal within a minute after our goal… If we could manage to keep longer time without giving any chances to the opponent, we would be able to control the game better.”
Q: How do you think about 3 backs formation that you used from right beginning of the game today?
“We’ve been playing with 4 backs all the time until today, and it was the first time we did 3 backs and 5 backs, I thought it wasn’t bad. Especially Osmar and Yasuki Kimoto, who were next to me, they were linking ball well with the guys at front, it worked well like that. I am not sure if it set off for future games but we needed some changes, and I feel by practicing this new system it will lead us to good result.”