Reporter Kang Dong-hoon = “‘Soccer is a war without gunfire’. When the commander tells you to do something, you have to listen and fulfill the order, and if you break it, it’s a death penalty.”
Pohang Steelers head coach Kim Ki-dong said this to reporters at a pre-match press conference ahead of the team’s Hana One Q K League 2023 28th Round away match against Gangwon FC at Gangneung Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Pohang is unbeaten in its last six matches (three wins, three draws) and remains in second place (13W, 10D, 4L – 49 points). They are not far behind leaders Ulsan Hyundai (60 points), so they still have a chance to win the title. Against this backdrop, the team is determined to get the three points against Gangwon, who have drawn both meetings this season.
“In the case of Gangwon, they have a lot of foreign players and they keep getting better and better. “They have a similar style of play to Daejeon Hana Citizens,” he said, “and if they make a lot of mistakes, they can counterattack. We have to be careful because if we make a lot of mistakes, they can create a lot of counterattack situations. If we play the way we want to play and reduce easy mistakes, we can show a good game and take the result.”
Pohang took a three-goal lead in the last round against Daejeon Hana Citizens before conceding three goals in the last minute of the second half to tie the game. Fortunately, Hong Yun-sang scored a dramatic come-from-behind goal just before the end of the game to secure the win. However, Kim was not satisfied with the victory. There were moments of complacency during the game, and a few mistakes that cost them the game.
“Instead of scolding (the players), I told them some realistic things. “Actually, I made the players realize that before the situation happened on the field, because soccer is a game that moves with the flow, so it depends on how we set our minds,” he said. I called the captain up to talk to him to try and clear the air. But it didn’t go over well, and that’s where it came from,” he recalls.
“In the meeting, I told the players that ‘soccer is a war without gunfire,'” he said. “Before you go to war, you have a meeting with the commander and the soldiers to discuss how you’re going to fight the war, but when you go to war, you don’t need a meeting. When the commander tells you to do something, you have to listen and do it. If you don’t, it’s the death penalty,” he emphasized.
Hong Yun-sang, who impressed with his debut goal in the last match against Daejeon, will start. “Once he came on as a substitute and scored a goal, I think his confidence went up, and I thought it was right to give him more time, so I put him in the starting lineup. However, if it doesn’t go according to plan, I will replace him immediately.”온라인카지노
Pohang was drawn in Group J alongside Wuhan Sanjeon (China), Hanoi (Vietnam) and Urawa Reds (Japan) in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) group draw. “Actually, there were some teams that wanted it more, but I don’t think it’s bad,” Kim pointed out.
“I think Jeonbuk Hyundai is the best team, followed by us, then Incheon United, and then Ulsan Hyundai,” he said, adding, “You can’t know about soccer just by looking at the group draw. You have to play the games. I don’t think the group draw is bad, just based on what you see on the surface,” he added.