J1 vs Shimizu S-Pulse: Players’ Comments

Kenyu Sugimoto

Q: Please look back at your scoring moment?
“Kiyo (Hiroshi Kiyotake) gave me a good pass. He knew I was there, what a reliable guy he is.”

Q: Are you pleased, or rather relieved, maybe?
“It wasn’t only for me if I score or not, but I’ve been thinking about the team to win and that was the top thing, so I’m glad to win today.”

Q: According to the way you celebrated after you scored the goal, you must had so stressed up before?
“Yeah, that’s right (laughter). It’s true I couldn’t score for a while, and I was told by my team mates ‘Aren’t you ready now to score today?’, so I couldn’t hide my feeling (laughter).”

Q: It was the same in the last season, but when you score, it seems to make the team’s spirit high up.
“Yes. To be honest, it can be anyone to score goals, but it also true that by me scoring goals it seems to bring the team’s momentum, so not only for this match but I would like to continue to score goals.”

Q: It looked like the team struggled a bit to create the attacking form in the 1st half, how did you rebuild it in the 2nd half?
“1st of all, by one pass error led us to lose a goal even though we were dominant as number, and that made the players at back nervous, so we said in the half-time break ‘Let’s re-set. It’s just made us back to the start line again. We can win when the tops score a goal.’. We said ‘move with flow’, then Kiyo, Toshi (Toshiyuki Takagi) and I, the 3 of us said ‘let’s play conscious with our distance to each other’. I think we can do even better, it’s getting there, so I want to continue the way we played.”

Hiroshi Kiyotake

“It was very difficult to break through in the 1st half because the opponent observed us well. It could be better if we could tolerate better in the 1st half, however it was still 1-1, I believed that we would be able to play with our pace in the 2nd half, and that brought us today’s result.”

Q: Please tell us about your assist to Sugimoto?
“I was only aware of defences’ and Kenyu’s movements, and he created good pace and executed the great goal. His goal scoring makes the team’s spirit high, so it’s great that he scored for the team too. The one victory will lead us to more wins, I have very good feeling from now onward. We shouldn’t satisfy by