[Toru Rokukawa’s Perspective]February 26, 2022 J1 League Section 2 Urawa Reds vs Gamba Osaka: J Theory Premium

J1 League Section 2 Urawa Reds 0 (0-0) 1 Gamba Osaka
15:01 Kick-off Saitama Stadium 2002 Number of visitors 16,121
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It is unavoidable that there is a difference in the degree of perfection of the team between Urawa, who has been in office for the second year since Ricardo Rodríguez, and Gamba Osaka, which will be led by Tomohiro Katanosaka from this season. In particular, Gamba Osaka changed the system from 4-4-2 to 3-4-2-1 last season and is working on team building, so Urawa increased the control of the ball and controlled the game. It was natural.

However, Urawa’s three deciding machines are all blocked by GK Kei Ishikawa’s fine save. All three shots were just met, but sometimes the shot that seems to be a miss is decided by the timing of the goalkeeper being out of order. In that sense, Ataru Esaka, who was the top player, has a good sense of scoring, but he is not a genuine striker. After all, the absence of Kasper Junker and the failure to acquire his back-upper striker can be said to be a pain for Urawa.

On the other hand, in Gamba Osaka, it was effective to change players at the beginning of the second half. 1 “Mobility” (Director Katanosaka) Hiroto Yamami is replaced by Leandro Pereira, who cannot find a place even if he is appointed to the top, and Ko Yanagisawa, the right wing half of “4”, is replaced by “Ball”. Let’s put in the stone hair (Hideki) that we can have and somehow make it our own pace “(Director Katanosaka).

Ishige was appointed to the right inside half of “2” instead of Yanagisawa’s position, and Kosuke Onose who was in that position was converted to the right wing half. As a result, Gamba Osaka’s attack was widened, and at the same time, Urawa’s left side could be destroyed from the combination of the two.

Another point that cannot be overlooked was the exit of Ken Iwao, a voluntary member who joined Urawa from Tokushima this season in the 36th minute of the second half. 33-year-old veteran Iwao fell to the defender line and led the team with game make-up, but when he received a warning in the 30th minute of the first half, he received a second warning in the aftertackle in the 36th minute of the second half. Both fouls were team plays that blocked the counter of Gamba Osaka, but the play in the 36th minute of the second half was a careless foul because allies were also covered.

Two minutes after the situation became unfavorable, Yuya Fukuda, who was a substitute, was allowed the final point. It is the same situation as when Takahiro Akimoto was sent off from rough play and was able to catch up with the tie while leading 2-1 in the match against Kobe in the 9th section on the 23rd. In addition, although GK Shusaku Nishikawa responded to Fukuda’s shot, he was also unlucky when he hit CB Takuya Iwanami’s foot and the course changed.

As a result, Urawa has finished three games and is content with 16th place with one point. The next match will be the 20th round, Kawasaki F match on March 2nd. Although he lost to Yokohama FM 2-4, he beat Kashima exactly 2-0 in the second round to take the lead. For Urawa who failed in the start dash, it may be a battle to predict the whereabouts of this season.

Toru Rokukawa

Born in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Monthly, Biweekly, Weekly Soccer Digest, World Cup,EUROSouth American Championships, Olympics coverage.2010He became free in the year and has been writing a column for super world soccer for many years. He has written many books such as “Striker Special Lecture” (Toho Publishing).