Our final and most important match of the season will be played this Saturday at Saitama Stadium against Urawa Reds.
Urawa's current position of 9th in the table means that 2010 was an absolute disaster for them. The manager has been fired and this match will be his farewell - to both players and fans. Urawa Reds will officially be a mid-table team at the end of this season, but they could finish anywhere between 10th and 7th depending on the result of this and other matches.
For us, this match means everything. We must win and Kyoto must not lose to FC Tokyo for us to survive. To be honest, I don't know how Kyoto feels about this situation. Maybe they would like to see a Kansai rival go down with them, maybe not. Who knows.
We will not be able to field the same team as last week because Tanaka is suspended for his red, and Okubo is still out. This is the lineup I would like to see.
Tokushige,Ishibitsu, Kitamoto, Komoto, Mogi, Mihara, Miyamoto, Botti, Ogawa, Yoshida, Popo
Subs: Enomoto, Gakuto, Kobayashi, Park, Edmilson, Morioka, Tokura
Believe it or not, Tanaka is quite difficult to replace right now. We do not have another quick, central midfielder. So I've opted for Miyamoto to play in the holding role, giving Mihara and Botti a bit more freedom to move forward. Moreover, Miyamoto can also drop back into defense when needed, for example, when Ishibitsu or Mogi bomb up the flanks. Should Popo, Yoshida or Ogawa prove ineffective, Mogi can move into a forward role with either Gakuto or Kobayashi covering the back. I would take this option over risking an out of form striker from the bench.