J1 vs Jubilo Iwata: Players’ Comments

Yoichiro Kakitani

Q: How do you feel about the defence?
“The opponent went back very quickly to their defending position, and also they didn’t come forward too much, so as the game developed we rather restrained each other”

Q: Are there any assignments in offence?
“The receiving ball position was more like in mid-field, so I felt it was a little too far to move inside. I keep feeling that I should receive the ball deeper so I could have more attacking chances. However the communication with the defenders was perfect, and as we are working on the defence I want to continue this positive side. And when we have a chance of counter attack, I want one or two more guys to be ready to run forward.”

Q: Do you have ambition for future games?
“I am really looking forward to play every single game. It would be a fantastic start if we won the 1st game but I should take it positively as at least we didn’t lose and we really want to win the next game.”

Kim Jinhyeon

Q: How do you feel about the team’s defence, though not many times you had opponent players come into your penalty area?
“We knew Shunsuke Nakamura was the one who would be feeding ball, so we marked him for not getting ball, and even if he did we had the prepared positioning that we could put him under pressure, therefore we didn’t have any serious threats at all. So Shunsuke received ball in mid-field, and we didn’t allow him to feed the ball in. We were conscious about what we’ve been working on, all 11 of us played compact and covered each other, so we didn’t create so much dangerous situations.”

Riku Matsuda

Q: How do you feel after the 1st J1 game as a member of Cerezo Osaka?
“I enjoyed playing, but we should of won the game.”

Q: You had a great cross to Kenyu Sugimoto in 1st half. Did you play as the team aimed and working in the practice?
“Yes. The manager is telling me to create a base at the side and make a cross, he gave me the opportunity to play with my excellence.”

Q: On defence side, Cerezo didn’t allow any goals, did you?
“The whole team is conscious about defending together, even Forwards run hard for defence, and that is great help for us too.”

Q: I presume you wanted to win, but how do you feel about this 1 winning point?
“This is such a variable 1 winning point, and it is good thing that we didn’t lose.”

Hotaru Yamaguchi

Q: Cerezo finished the game without losing any points…
“That is only thing I value about the game.”

Q: What was wrong?
“In the preparation we spent most of the time practicing defence, so on attacking side I felt timing was off and we could not link properly. I think that is our challenge for future.”

Q: There were chances by attacking from the sides, do you think the team is starting to express the skills you’ve been working on?
“It is true that since Mr Yoon became the manager, we attack more from sides than from the center. We were all conscious about attacking from the sides today too.”

Q: There was a chance created by you when you made the feed with center forward pass, wasn’t it?
“Of course, we cannot do side attack only all the time. It is important to use side attack and center attack case by case. It can be players distance or maybe combinations, and as we play more games, we’ll learn more and get better. I want to take today’s result positively.”


Q: How are you feeling after the 1st game of the season?
“It was a game in a very difficult situation as it was the 1st match, and though we could not get 3 winning points as we aimed, I think it wasn’t too bad that we could earn 1 point. We must work hard as a team to get better.”

Q: What was a good thing in today’s game?
“We kept our spirit to win the game throughout the 90 whole minutes, even when we faced difficult situations during the game we kept our concentration and being strong. That was the best thing in this game, I should say. As a team, we must keep such strong spirit, and I will play with such spirit in coming games.”

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