“I think this is the direction the K-League should ultimately pursue.”
Although they aimed for their first 7 consecutive wins in 20 years, Hong Myung-bo, coach of the K-League 1 Ulsan Hyundai, who suffered a loss, praised Daejeon Hana Citizen with a rather relaxed expression.
Daejeon defeated Ulsan 2-1 in the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Round 7 home game held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th.
Ulsan, who was on a six-game winning streak, suffered their first loss of the season. The tie record for the most consecutive wins at the start of the K-League (7 wins) was also shattered.
If they had won that day, Ulsan could stand shoulder to shoulder with Suwon Samsung (1998) and Seongnam FC (2003) who hold this record.
Coach Hong looked back at the press conference after the game, saying, “Both teams played well. The pace of the game was fast and organized. It was a very fun game.”
He said, “I will not make today’s loss a problem for the players. Today, we showed our own performance, and our faith in the players has not changed.” If we lose, we lose as a result. We played very well in the match, and we lost, but we did our best.”
Above all, coach Hong praised Daejeon for trying to stay on the offensive throughout the game without dropping the line.
In fact, Daejeon, the promoted team, tried to counterattack while maintaining the intensity of forward pressure on this day despite the difference in power with last season’s champion Ulsan.
16 shots and 8 effective shots were hit, but on the contrary, he kicked 10 times towards Ulsan’s goal. He scored four shots on target, two of which shook the net.
“If we play this kind of game every week, the players will only play 20 games and they will not be able to play because it is difficult,” coach Hong said with a laugh.
He said, “I think the game Daejeon showed today will set a good precedent for the K-League. Both teams played a fast and fun game.” 안전놀이터
In addition, he said that he was free from the burden of the record of ‘opening 7 consecutive wins’.
Coach Hong said, “I am grateful to the players just for winning six times in advance. Daejeon is a particularly difficult place to play away.”
Daejeon coach Lee Min-seong, who caught the ‘big fish’, said, “It was an interesting game,” and after hearing coach Hong’s comment, he pointed out, “I tried defensively, but I have to play aggressively to prevent the team from doing well.”
He said, “Also, due to the composition of our team’s players, a better look comes out when we are aggressive. We will continue to maintain that idea,” he said. “he said.
Coach Lee said, “I don’t think it’s desirable to play with the opponent giving all the initiative. He said he wanted them to do it from a higher position instead of going down, so the players said it would be better to do so,” revealing his will for ‘attack football’. 안전놀이터
Even though he is doing well, winning 4 of his first 7 games, coach Lee emphasized that staying is still his goal.
Coach Lee said, “Our goal is to survive. Every day and every game is really difficult.”