Just a bit of brief post match reaction from Sunday’s game:
Gifu head coach Ruy Ramos
- I thought Keisuke Ota played well today. He was given more of a free role in the second half, and he found himself in good positions. He’s a good player, and he understands the game well.
- In the coming weeks/months, I’d like to try some different formations in training to try and see which one suits us the best. Each formation requires different personnel, for example if we try 3-5-2 then we need to incorporate (Hiroshi) Sekita & Shuto (Tanaka). We would also have to think about the centre of midfield and how to deploy Henik. I’d also like to see us try a 3-4-3 and 4-4-2 with a midfield diamond.
Gifu goalscorer Alessandro Santos
- It is important during these summer months that we go and take control of games. The heat saps players’ energy quickly, so we have to keep control of the ball more and take the pressure off the defence.”
Gifu midfielder Masashi Miyazawa
- They looked good in the first half, but in the second half we turned it around. We needed to make a tactical change, and it worked.
- We struggled to cope with their (Nagasaki’s) pressuring in the first half. But switching to a similar system to them allowed us to get back into the game.
Gifu right back Tsukasa Masuyama
- The change to our system in the second half, where we went with the same formation as them (Nagasaki), meant that we had much more confidence in our individual match ups. It also allowed us to push up the pitch a bit further.
- I had a great chance to put us 2-1 up, but unfortunately I couldn’t convert it.