"Although it was only a practice match against Gamba, no-one likes to lose any kind of game," said Chikara Fujimoto, one of the team's elder statesman and someone who has taken it upon himself to include the new signings in with the rest of the group. "I think our heavy training schedule made us a bit fatigued during the game - our movement was sluggish and we just weren't that sharp.
"But from a defensive point of view, in general things went reasonably well and it was an okay start, although we weren't then able to get people forward in enough numbers when moving onto the attack. It's clear that we still have work to do in that area, but then again the new players that we have are all good and I think that they have increased our attacking options. What matters now is fusing that basic individual ability to the team system."