J1 vs FC Tokyo: Manager’s Comments

Yoon Jonghwan

Soccer is a 90 minutes game, however I feel like we played well for only 45 minutes today. In the 1st half, we couldn’t play as we wanted or planed. But the players had the eagerness and reset their mind to play well before entering the 2nd half, and they did express what they wanted to do in that half. They expressed their will to play well and their burning desire to win. We had so many supporters cheering for us today again, they created a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium, and that gave our players great strength. Honestly, I am feeling that we are all becoming one and doing well. There will be more games to come, so we’ll have a good rest now, and prepare well for the next match against Kashiwa Reysol.

Q; It was the 1st league match after Hiroshi Kiyotake was injured, but Kota Mizunuma who was the replacement for Kiyotake played very well. How do you rate him? Also please tell us your feeling of became the number 1 club on J1 leader board after 12 years.
“As I said earlier, Mizunuma was almost invisible in the 1st half, he wasn’t trying to lead any actions, nor to show himself off but kept running devotedly for the team, and probably that made him played so well. And of course it wasn’t only Mizunuma but all the players played like that. I hope to keep this current mood and flow, and if we can continue it onto coming games it would be fantastic, however there are more games to play and it’s not all over yet at all. I presume, if J1 league still has the 2 stages system, there must be more people who would be very happy… . However, currently the league has 1 stage system not 2 stages, and we still have 17 more games to play. I enjoy spending this one week (as number 1). We became the top on the leader board after 12 years, but we still haven’t got the star on our chest. I want to keep our spirit and make us to be able to get a star to put on our chest. It is definitely not an easy thing, so we should work very hard every single day to achieve it.”

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