J1 vs Urawa Reds: Manager’s Comments

Yoon Jonghwan

“First of all, I am so sorry we didn’t satisfy our supporters who came all the way to cheer us. Even though we have just returned back to J1 league after a while and Urawa Red’s is probably the strongest team in the league, our players never gave up and didn’t stop running until the end. But through out the 1st and 2nd half, there was nothing we did right for both defence and offence. I reflect on this game, and do my best to improve our performance for the next game.”

Q: After the 1st half’s performance, what did you try to improve in 2nd half?
“I could see players were rather stiff in 1st half. So I told them that even the opponent was probably the strongest, we should be confident and play positively. I felt they took my words in and worked very hard in 2nd half.”

Q: In your comment at the begging you said “there was nothing good about both defence and offence”, can you give us examples?
“In defence, our blockage was beaten at the 1st layer, and the positioning balances were broken. We’ve been practicing a systematic defence but couldn’t show it in the game. Then we just lost the ball as soon as we had, spent such long time defending, and couldn’t manage to attack much.”

Q: After today’s result, do you feel you want Hiroshi Kiyotake back in action soon?
“It’s not only Kiyotake but we are also missing Kim JinHyeon and Kota Mizunuma, so we are not full in team strength. I’m sure when they are back we should be stronger, however soccer is the game never can expect 100% healthy conditions. So we must get the best out of the players who are available at the time.”