GGOA has had a tough time compiling a preview text for Wednesday evening's match with Kashiwa Reysol. Under normal circumstances, the topics to be addressed ahead of a match are clear enough - some consideration of recent results, team selection, perhaps tactics and the form of the opposition - but since Satoru Sakuma took over as coach and Omiya Ardija imploded, normal circumstances simply do not apply any more.
As a consequence, most of the above points are irrelevant and so GGOA will pause only to mention that the Sun Kings are on an unbeaten run of four games and have won their last three fixtures without conceding a goal. This is bad news for Omiya, but hey. After the disaster of the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of a mediocre Nagoya Grampus 8 on Saturday, Sakuma's one-man show in the press conference missed the point in spectacular fashion, by concentrating entirely on formation and tactics in an attempt to explain why a severely under-strength mid-ranking team had been able to rip apart his own feeble charges.
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This doesn't matter. After the last two performances by Sakuma's men, not even the result against Kashiwa matters all that much. Omiya supporters have been put in the astonishing, embarrassing position of needing first and foremost to be reassured that the players have not just given up with twelve games of the season still to go.
The fans want to see that Daigo Kobayashi and his colleagues are not just waiting for the end of the year and the opportunity to move on to another club and abandon the Squirrels to J2. So, tactics for Wednesday? Unimportant. Formation? Irrelevant. The priority is for the Squirrel Nation to see eleven players in orange shirts play with commitment, passion and determination.