The all important Nagoya match is going in a way that Tatsumi seems to want it to go, though the injury of one of his players could potentially throw it into a bit of a tailspin. The potential loss of a forward would hurt pretty badly, though there is some griping that since the team is just defending and not attacking, it wouldn't really matter in the long term. The intensity of the game as it gets back underway feels like it's ratcheted up a bit, especially with the three Brazilian players being given even more importance as Fuwa internalizes about how no team can be truly considered a professional one without some kind of non-Japanese player involved.
The first half of the game has been a lot of fun to watch as the ETU is playing relatively decent defense and we even see Tsubaki doing what he does best in being simple and accepting direction from Tatsumi. The back and forth nature of it goes a long way, though Nagoya has ball possession a whole lot more than the ETU does which is what causes concern among the reporters and the casual fans. Everything seems to be going according to Tatsumi's plan though for the first half of the match and he's sitting there looking all pleased and happy, even though it's all tied up at nothing nothing. Soccer does amuse me sometimes in that having a game like that at the half is considered surviving it and doing well.
Read More Click Me!