What little hope the Avispa fans had for the remains of this season evaporated last week with a tame performance from the Avispa resulted in a 3-0 defeat to Sendai in front of a season low crowd of 7000.
By the end of the match the players looked disinterested, and looking for others to blame as mathematical relegation loomed.
Today they face an Albirex team who have done well this season with a striker in Bruno Lopes who hits the post a bit too often but supported by their south korean wing-forward always looks like he could get a goal. Behind the front line they have an uncomplicated midfield and defence which is unlikely to be troubled by a demoralised Avispa attack.
Avispa’s midfield will stay as Suzuki and Sueyoshi despite their ineffectiveness last week because Nakamachi is suspended, but I really hope that Asano now plays some youngsters alongside them to have someone who will be trying their hardest to impress, and might still beat the club next season.
The time for giving experience to loanees who will soon be returning to their original clubs is over. Let Ushinomachi play on a wing instead of Matsuura, see what Masato can do alongside Jogo. The team will likely still lose, but the experience could be invaluable, and maybe they will surprise a few people.
No Matsuura, Shigematsu, Shimizu, Makoto, please. Not because I don’t like them, but because it doesnt help us build.
Albirex 2 – 0 Avispa
Albirex will get a comfortable win, and even if they don’t it means nothing to Fukuoka. The only thing we can get from this game is competitive preparation for next season, I fear that pride means that Asano will miss the opportunity.