Help with mirror matches


I recently picked up Ryu and since he’s a very popular character, I run into him quite often online.
I can’t for the life of me figure out how to behave in a mirror match though. Like, where am I even supposed to position myself?
It does feel like I have to predict a hell of a lot more in mirror matches than I do against (most) other characters.


Mirror matches are challenging because each character has specific range they are able to excel, so both players are fighting for the exact same real estate. You have to position yourself outside this range and make attempts to close in for attacks while at the same time punishing the foe for the same thing


Throw better fireballs than him.
I feel like mirror matches without fireballs are retarded, but those with fireballs are pretty cool.