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Petrovic's charges on fire

FC Tokyo, Yokohama F. Marinos, Cerezo Osaka and Urawa Reds have
started the J.League season on fire, with maximum points from their
first 2 games.

The Reds, managed by former Yugoslavia international Mihailo Petrovic,
continued to impress with a 1-0 win over Nagoya Grampus. Back-to-back
victories, then, for the former Yugoslavia international, who said
afterwards: "It wasn't an easy game. Nagoya were very aggressive from
the start, pressuring us from the front, and we had to be careful in
the first half. It was that kind of game, but I knew that over the 90
minutes it would be impossible for them to keep it up and that
eventually we would be able to settle down.

"We were able to get the goal at the start of the second half, and
from then on we continued to create chances. The fans made it a great
atmosphere. We are very happy at the moment, and we want to give the
fans even more to shout about."

His countryman and counterpart Dragan Stojkovic is coming to terms
with a much more disappointing start for his charges, with just one
point from two outings. Piksie said: "I think that in the first half we
did a good job and they were far away from our goal, but to win the
game first you have to score a goal.

"We were very far away from that because we didn't have enough
creativity from our offensive players. I knew that if we didn't score
today it would be difficult to escape defeat.

"It's nothing new for us to have a bad start. We have to believe, we
have to keep working and wait for a good result. The first win will be
very important for the confidence."

"It seems we are a little bit weak up front. They had Koroki up front,
who is not so strong physically, but he has a computer in his head. He
is very intelligent. That is what we didn't have today."

Once Grampus get the injured Tulio back in the team, perhaps their
fortunes will improve.

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