Gwangju coach Lee Jeong-hyo (48), nicknamed ‘K-Mourinho’ (K-League coach Jose Mourinho), did not hide his uncomfortable feeling after the match against Gangwon on the 23rd. After finishing the 8th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at the Gwangju Soccer Stadium with a 0-0 draw, he suddenly mentioned the Kia Tigers, a baseball team related to Gwangju. Coach Lee said, “Today is the day of the Kia Tigers game, and many fans came to the stadium. But we played a game that was embarrassing to the fans. I want to say I’m very sorry.” He said he wanted to apologize to the fans who spent their precious time on the weekend and chose soccer over baseball for presenting a game that was below their expectations.
Gwangju consistently led the game from start to finish, as evidenced by its share of 63:37 and number of shots 10:6. There were no goals, but the aggressive color unique to Gwangju was revealed. Gwangju, a promoted team, won 4-3 against Daegu in the 7th round, continuing their two-game undefeated streak (1 win, 1 draw). Considering that nearly half of the starting lineup was replaced by five players, even one point is an achievement. 4 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses and 13 points from 8 matches. In many ways, the situation is better than 11th place Gangwon, which has 4 draws and 4 losses in 8 games, including this day, and has not won a single win.
However, director Lee, who entered the press conference room, was so dark that he looked angry. On the contrary, Gangwon coach Choi Yong-soo, who has not been able to build a multiplier, looked relatively bright. Coach Lee said, “I feel more angry because the level of our team seems to be at this level. Even if the members have changed today, there are soccer we pursue and our team goals we trained for. “I came out. I didn’t see any players dedicated to the team. I saved myself in a competitive situation. Those little things are holding us back.”
He also hinted at a lineup change, saying, “I will think deeply about the selection of players.” It is interpreted that he expressed his disappointment with the players who played an active role as a starting player. Director Lee said, “If I can’t break through the opponent, in other words, I don’t have the ability. I think I need to reflect a lot from myself. I’m very tired. I will try harder.” 스포츠토토
Midfielder Lee Soon-min said in an interview with Mixed Zone, “The coach is the style to talk without hiding anything during training or games.”
Coach Choi Yong-soo, who broke the chain of two consecutive losses and secured points in enemy territory, said, “I was desperate to win the first game. It’s a pity.” After that, it was difficult to manage the ball and connect (by attack). It is regrettable that I missed several chances in the second half.”
Rookie striker Yang Hyeon-joon, born in 2002, missed a golden opportunity in the second half of extra time. Coach Choi, who had maintained his composure, said in a somewhat exasperated voice, “Depending on whether or not to take advantage of such an opportunity, you can become an ordinary player. You have to realize what you are lacking in. If the goal had been scored, both the player and the team could gain a level of confidence. It’s really… it won’t work out. I’ll be very frustrated,” he lamented.
If it’s Gangwon’s income, it’s the first clean sheet in eight games. “In the back fight, we tried to overcome the numerical disadvantage by fighting with three rather than two. That was a good fit. Lee Kwang-yeon also made a good save. You have to score goals to have . It is negative about the fact that the defense is emphasized rather than the offense.”