“I told them not to go down. Even if they lost, they told me to be aggressive.
Daejeon Hana Citizen’s coach Lee Min-seong emphasized to the players not to play ‘protective football’ during halftime after winning 2-1 in the home game against Ulsan Hyundai in the 7th round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th. .
In this 7th round, Daejeon inflicted its first loss of the season to Ulsan, who had been on a 6-game winning streak.
Ulsan, which boasted a ‘salty defense’ that allowed only 4 runs in the previous 6 games, was hit by Daejeon, which was promoted to K-League 1 this season by allowing more than 2 goals for the first time this season.
There is a clear weight division between the two teams.
As of last season, Ulsan was second in total annual salary in the K-League (17,685,256,000 won) following Jeonbuk Hyundai (19,713,993,000 won)
. It was 18,906,000 won, but compared to Ulsan, it was half the level.
Just look at the status in the league. Defending champion Ulsan is a strong team that has built a ‘yanggang’ system with Jeonbuk for several years, but Daejeon is a team that succeeded in returning to the first division in 8 years after being relegated to the bottom of the K League 1 in 2015.
However, the intensity of forward pressure and the movement of strikers rushing forward upon possession of the ball were as good in Daejeon as in Ulsan.
Ulsan put pressure on Daejeon by making 8 out of 16 shots effective.
The match against this also recorded 4 effective shots out of 10 shots. Two of the four effective shots shook Ulsan’s goal net.
Daejeon head coach Lee Min-seong saw that the more he lowered the line, the more he struggled in defense.
He said, “When we put down the line, our play wasn’t the best. Even if bad results come, we have to fight.” can be stopped,” he said.
Veteran midfielder Joo Se-jong also looked back, saying, “All the teams facing Ulsan are down the line, so the Ulsan players receive the ball comfortably. It’s our home, and the promise between the players to ‘let’s bump into it’ seems to have worked.” .
Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo also highly praised Daejeon’s fighting spirit, which “didn’t come down.”
“If you meet a strong team and get down, it will eventually become a game led by a strong team,” coach Hong said. “Today’s game is the direction the K-League will ultimately pursue. Daejeon will be a good precedent.”
Another team that advocated an attack like Daejeon is Gwangju FC.
Gwangju coach Lee Jung-hyo, who has been promoted to the first division alongside Daejeon, said at a K-League Media Day press conference held in February that he would show football fighting against strong teams, unlike previous promoted teams who were busy staying토토사이트.
He expressed his strong aspirations to reject the soccer that protects.
Coach Lee said, “I play football to protect Ulsan, Jeonbuk, Jeju, Suwon, and Seoul, and if the result is bad, it is more unfair. I will taste failure after trying courageously, but I find a way in that process.” I will work hard for the goal, and if I score 2 goals, I will try to score 3 goals.”
On the day Daejeon, a promotion comrade, defeated Ulsan, Gwangju faced Daegu FC, and coach Lee said in a pre-match broadcast interview, “I was thinking about how to create more opportunities and score goals. I tried to improve the movement inside the penalty box. ” said
Gwangju won 4-3 after a slugfest against Daegu.
Daejeon and Gwangju are leading the K-League 1 in various offensive indicators at the beginning of the season.
He ranked 1st and 4th in team scoring with 16 and 12 goals, respectively.
According to Bipro Eleven, the K-League’s official additional data producer, Daejeon ranks first (47.14%) in the effective shooting rate.
Daejeon also made 12 assists and rose to first place. Gwangju, Ulsan and Pohang Steelers (8) followed.
Gwangju shows strength in ‘forward dribbling’. It is the only K-League 12 team to attempt double-digit forward dribbles (10.3 times) in every game, and the number of successful dribbles is also number one (4.3 times).
Both teams, which were considered underdogs before the opening, took 4 wins in the first 7 games.
Daejeon (4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 14 points) is in 3rd place, and Gwangju (4 wins, 3 losses, 12 points) is in 5th place.