The locker room during halftime during a game like this is going to be critical for any team in how they handle themselves. Watching the two teams in this regard is really interesting. With the score at two to nothing, the ETU guys are really railing on their defense, with the defense themselves raising the loudest voices on how they've performed. Kuroda himself is harsh and takes the amusing approach of telling the others to punch him as an apology. While this plays out, the Osaka team is in just as angry a mood as the diverse group doesn't really function as a team as they gripe against each other, demand more time to play and are generally very angry. But they use that as a way to build morale and work together, though it doesn't seem to truly unify them like the way the ETU has been unified. The egos here are too strong.
When Tatsumi makes it into the locker room, his particular style makes for an interesting pep talk as he doesn't actually give one. Not that he really gave a very serious one in any game prior, but here he talks about the fact that they're having fun and even if they're down two goals, he points out that they've made some inroads on the Osaka Gunners as well and they're not as well off as they were before. None of the ETU players really believe him, but he manages to get enough under their skin to give them the right kind of encouragement they need to get moving in the second half, pointing out just how much more exciting the game would be if they pull off a three goal upset on everyone and winning in the end.
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