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Round 8, On Review
It may not be the smartest thing to watch the highlights clips before catching the broadcast of any game...sort of takes the excitement out of things. But alas, you can only be in one place at one time, and I am not strong on patience... Today I thought I'd catch up on the Round 8 games a little more. The schedule is getting so busy that it's getting difficult to keep the rounds straight anymore!

Reds 2 -2 Jubilo: This was actually a pretty "regular" game for both teams at this point. Both had difficulty finding that last finishing touch and having instinct for game flow. Jubilo was helped this game by Maeda's high-voltage performance -- he was really doing great work this game, and this was underlined by his powerful long-shot that gave Jubilo the lead in the first half. Reds weren't giving up that easily, and they caught up just before the first half ended. I was a bit ticked at Reds coach Buchwald; I don't know where the mikes were set up but his screaming voice made it into the broadcast it gave me a headache -- screaming in German is not my idea of good background music. He was prickly in the mid-game interview too, when the interviewer asked him if his was dissatisfied by the performance so far. The interviewer asked this because Buchwald had been up and shouting, throwing his arms up and down, etc., in the first half. Buchwald took offense for some reason and was like, "I don't know why you would say that, why would I be dissatisfied by the team. They played good attacking football in the first half.." in a rather hissy tone. Caalllmm dooowwwwnnn, dude. After the game, Buchwald had to be restrained by his players and staff -- he was worked up about something, but I guess it was the refs he was upset with? All I can say is that it's great to have a coach fight for the players, but he may make things harder for the players in the long run if he makes a habit of it.

The team basically needs more shrewdness in midfield, is my humble opinion. The Reds forwards tend to want to dribble up quickly after running to catch up to a ball, but by doing that they sort of leave everyone behind. So in the end the forwards are at a disadvantage numerically and are easier to block/mark. Also, as Hasebe said in his interview, if you always go for the dribble, you are going to get tackled, so it stops the flow of the game anyway. If they can better take advantage of possession knowing when to hold the ball and creating a little time for the midfield to arrive, the goals will come more easily. Maybe this is against Reds-policy.

Not to say that they shouldn't take advantage of their dribbling technique -- people like Emerson and Nagai each have a very unique rhythm to their dribbling. Nagai had some good moments in this game, and even got Reds their first goal. He's sort of a strage one, I wasn't quite sure how much or what to expect from him back a year plus ago. He sort of didn't help himself at the beginning by saying things like 'if football didn't pan out for him he'd thought he could fall back on modeling'. He was told by Troussier in the youth national team a number of years ago to "stop playing like a girl" (ouch!). And his debut with Zico Japan ended with a goal that no one was impressed with (they called it a "lucky" goal, and people were not convinced that he had the goods to play at the international level -- this was over a year ago). After that I heard he did extensive physical training, improved strength/power, and was able to show that improvement last year. He's yet another J-leaguer married to an "older woman" (there are a lot of those!); wonder if his double shoulder tattoos were a product of his beefing up period... I believe yesterday was the first time anyone (meaning us humble masses) had a peek at those tats. Anyway, enough gossip.

As for Jubilo, they were pretty evenly matched with Reds in the first half, but after that they sort of lost the energy and had to spend more time defending. They were able to get ahead with a pk from Gon Nakayama (he had to kick the pk twice, the first time was disqualified due to a teammate jumping into the box before the kick). The Reds players were quick to respond to the ref's awarding of a penalty though, and I thought maybe we'd have a repeat of past Reds self-destruction. The goalie ended up getting a yellow card for rushing the ref and yelling who knows what. Anyway, half the Reds team were creating the mob scene and the other half were calming them down...so I guess Reds have started to learn a thing or two from the past. Good to see. And, right after Jubilo got ahead with the pk, Emerson countered with a great run up for a goal. The shot had a nice punch to it, and he must have felt mighty good when he kicked it.

All in all, pretty much what I expected score-wise.

Marinos 1 - 2 Frontale: I already talked a little about this game in my last entry, but now that I saw the game there is one thing I want to add. Naoki Matsuda, you are a one-man-show, lol! Seriously, with Nakazawa out, I guess his sense of responsibility and fiery spirit were doubly apparent. By the end of the game, he had left Nasu behind to house-sit while he took off for the front lines. But considering it was Nasu who had the one goal under his belt that night and was also this close to having another, I wonder if it would have been better to let Nasu go up. Matsuda had been saying before the game that he was going to concentrate on defense and not go up that much; as a libero, he is often seen dribbling/running up as well as participating in most corner kicks. However, they had given up 2 goals to Frontale this night; and not in good ways, either. He also gets rather fired up in scuffle, but he did cost his team precious seconds arguing with opponent players and referees when he should have shut up and used the remaining minutes wisely.

Antlers 2 - 0 Vissel: I also already talked about this game yesterday, but I saw the game now and had just a couple comments to add. I hear that new Vissel coach Leao has been taking a whip to the team -- he ordered Mboma to join practice with the rest of the team (he had been training separately recovering from injury), had hours of meetings with the team, spent hours going over very specific detailed instructions on how each player should move, mark, etc. The team played an 11-on-11 game the day before this game, and the Vissel team in general has been working their bums off in the last few days. They looked really serious entering the stadium, and it was good to see the renewed sense of direction in their attitude.

Atsu Miura was actually pretty fun to watch in the omf position -- he put a lot of pressure on the Antler defense, a couple times creating some dangerous situations for the back line when he chased a long feed that landed right behind the defenders and in front of the goalie. He also had one powerful long-range shot, impressed the crowds with a Zidane-like turn with the ball to get rid of a mark, kicked a number of really nice corners, and all in all had a lot of contact with the ball. Vissel had about 20 shots on goal to Antlers' 8 (I think), so you can see that Vissel were no slouch in the game. They just couldn't make their chances count. Their game plan was pretty simple -- put lots of pressure from the front lines, clear balls simply when in danger, long feeds to the front, and look to fk/ck's for goal chances.

Antlers were suffering from the heavy pressure from Vissel, but they kept balanced and calm. The second goal was a perfect counter-attack, right after Vissel had a string of close shots on the Antlers goal. The ball got headed out by defenders, Mineiro picked it up and immediately passed it left to a running Nozawa. Mineiro kept running up and right, and Nozawa crossed a grounder back to Mineiro. Mineiro cut inwards while Nozawa cut up and diagonally right, and Mineiro sent a vertical pass to Nozawa just as the defenders marking the two overlapped and a narrow alley was created. All Nozawa had to do was push the passed ball through the legs of one defender, catching the goalie off. It was good to see that two Antlers forwards interweaving and playing off each other like this; especially since they also did such a good job supporting the midfield today. Nozawa was playing this game still carrying injury to his achilles, and I just hope he didn't strain himself too much. Antlers still have many players out to injury, and perhaps coach Cerezo was looking ahead to the next few games when he decided to sub in some young players in the end -- fw Tashiro was one, and he did show some promising moves in the last moments. I had been curious about him, so it was nice to have the opportunity to see a little more of him.
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