“Many supporters came all the way to the Kincho stadium, as it was the last home game today. Even so, we could not bring a good result to them. I apologize for the result. At the moment, I want to clear my head because of many things on my mind. At least what I can say now, is that I am strongly feeling that football is all about a team, 11 players, 7 substitutes in the dugout, and the rest of the team. Of course, we need to unite with staff and fans as well, but, after the interval of the 2018 World Cup, we have not achieved it yet. It is all my fault. I have to bring our best form back as a manager. My players have done their best, but it’s been a struggle. It was very disappointing. I expected that we were going to be a team who threatens every opponent. Once the form was broken, putting it back is so hard. I really need to work out now to improve while discussing with my lads. We need to move on to the right direction based on reflection. The problem we are facing is for the team, not for a single person. We’d like to play better with a never-give-up spirit in the next three games.”
◾ Hotaru Yamaguchi
“ As long as we keep a clean sheet, we are not beaten, but if we do not score any goals, we can not win. Every person has a different idea. For me, I want the forwards to do their best. When we are sailing through, it is ok. When we are struggling like today, it will affect the team. How should we deal with this? I have to get on top of it. Also, the team has to discuss what we need to do to win. Of course, it does not always work, but I think that a strong team has an ability to solve any problem, so that the agony does not last so long. This sort of team can switch their feeling quickly to get them back on track, which we have not achieved for a while. This problem comes to us repeatedly. How we can cope with this is difficult. For me, playing well is the best solution. Doing your best on a pitch is the most important thing. If players do their best, when it does not work, it’s not regrettable. What we have to do is playing at our best before discussing how to play better.
Q: During the game, communication was not good between the players. What do you think of it?
“ Of course, defenders and forwards have different ideas. For my position, when I look my head up shortly after getting a ball, there are not many choices to pass. For the forwards, they may think that the mid-fielders should bring the ball near to goal. I am sure that our move is not as good as before. Each player does only what he wants. To win a game, you also have to do what you don't want to. That is a part of the cause. We need to perform to win a game. We misunderstand each other. That is why many mistakes have happened.”
Q: Do you mean that players’ commitment lead to a good result like last season?
“ Yes. We did it last season. That is why we scored a goal even if it is in the last minute and we could run a lot. I cannot say that we have not done so, but our current performance is not our best.”
Q: Perhaps, your supporters, who anticipated a good result at the last home game, were saddened by the result.
“ Yes, I think so. We did our best but should have brought a good result for these who came here for us on a weekday. It is our fault. We need to learn our lesson and reflect upon today’s game.”