The defending champions’ lackluster performance left their coach bitter.
On March 3 at 4:30 p.m., the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 Round 29 match between Ulsan Hyundai (Ulsan) and Gwangju FC (Gwangju) took place at the Ulsan Munsoo Football Stadium in Ulsan. The result was 2-0 in favor of the visitors. Gwangju scored back-to-back goals in the 18th minute of the first half and the 10th minute of the second half to earn three points in the champions’ camp. With the win, Gwangju leapfrogged FC Seoul into third place in the K League 1 standings.
Coach Hong gave a lengthy post-match recap.
“We lost the game. The most regrettable part of the loss was the first concession, but I think the process before that was the overall problem of our team. Responsibility, cohesion, I don’t feel it at all these days. We say we have individual abilities, but at the end of the day, we can’t show them if we don’t work as a team. Even when we won the title last year, we got that result because we were more committed to the team than to ourselves. I don’t see that at all now. I think we need to take a closer look at where the problems are.”
Hong continued, “The players are trying their best, but I feel like there’s something missing. In a game like today, before we conceded, we were fine, but after we conceded, we got busy and rushed. It’s been a few games without us playing. We need to work on those things during the break.” 바카라사이트
What was said at halftime? “We said we have 45 minutes,” Hong said. We told them to adjust the position and height of the fullbacks on both sides and to use the half-space when they get the ball, which is something we used to play well. But nowadays, there is less awareness of using the half-space. It doesn’t work well. It doesn’t work as well as it used to, and it doesn’t work as well as it used to in the secondary,” he said candidly.
“I haven’t checked it yet, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. I have to go to the national team tomorrow and check it out.”