With a dramatic goal made against them, morale is in danger as the ETU has to defend and strike back.
What They Say
Experiencing a long streak of poor performances for several years in the Japanese professional football league, the East Tokyo United (ETU) hires Takeshi Tatsumi as manager to try to break the curse that seems to have fallen over the team. Will he be successful in turning the team around?
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Hauer and the Osaka team pulled a good fast one on the ETU in the previous episode and managed to ding the ETU's morale in the process. Most of those involved with how the play went down are beating themselves up, but there's an interesting approach used by some to boost it a bit in pointing out that these things happened constantly last year and they bounced back. With the goal happening seventeen minutes into the first half, the energy is entirely behind the Osaka Gunners at this point as the ETU now must step up their defense and score two goals in order to win, never mind just trying to get one to tie it up in this highly important game.
Because of the way the Osaka team is designed, they're able to keep the pressure on the defense regularly. The ETU is figuring out how to break up their plays more, but when it comes to the loose balls that result from it, Osaka's Kubota is the one that's always there to grab it and help send it along so the attack can continue again. Tatsumi is keeping Sugie on him though in an attempt to get him to figure out what it is that's allowing him to always be in the right place at the right time. The plays continue to get more and more difficult and the pressure ratchets up easily on the ETU, so much so that they actually lose another point to Osaka from a surprising player.
As was evidenced in all the episodes to date when it comes to the game against Osaka, we're proceeding at a very slow pace where the key moments are being drawn out. I'm hesitant to say dragged out because watching the players react to the situation in detail like this really lets them shine with their personalities and how they're coping with it. Dulfer has put together a slick team here that really shine across the board and he's figured out some of the best things about his players that had gone unnoticed before and the results are plainly on the field, much to the chagrin of the ETU players.
Getting insights from the Osaka coach definitely works better than we've seen from some other coaches in the past who were all pretty lousy in some way with how they reacted to things. There's a nice display of professionalism and pride from him that shows through to how his players play the game as well. The ETU is similar in that they're starting to come up with creative approaches to dealing with Osaka, something that Tatsumi himself would do as well. Though their backs are against the wall and the game is being called by a lot of them before the first half is over, there's still a lot of energy there from the fans and the ETU doesn't look like they're ready to give up. It'll be interesting to see how this goes, whether they pull it off or end in a crushing defeat.
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