Jeju United (hereafter referred to as Jeju), a team that can turn a crisis into an opportunity, is aiming for a refreshing 3-game winning streak against Suwon Samsung.
Jeju will clash with Suwon in the 7th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ held at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 15th. After the season opened, Jeju, which fell to the bottom after 5 consecutive games without a win (2 draws, 3 losses), won its first league win (1-0 win) this season against Gangwon on the 9th. Then, on the 12th, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, they overcame the Changwon City Hall soccer team (2-1 win) and returned to the rising mood.
Head coach Nam Gi-il’s risk management ability, with bold tactical choices and optimal rotations, swayed for a while as captain Choi Young-joon and other key players encountered injured reefs, but did not collapse.
Jeju is now determined to win all three consecutive away matches in April. At the same time as managing the condition and stamina of the main players, he also started to motivate the team with the optimal rotation such as Seo Jin-soo, Lim Dong-hyuk, and Kim Geun-bae.
Seo Jin-soo played as a substitute card in the Gangwon expedition and scored the winning goal. ‘Suite Striker’ Lim Dong-hyeok, who changed his position to striker, showed his presence at the Changwon City Hall match with his overwhelming supply and assist ability. Veteran goalkeeper Kim Geun-bae also defended the team with a save show in the FA Cup.
Naturally, the capabilities of the players who were originally selected are also reviving. In the 40th minute of the first half against Changwon City Hall, Kim Joo-gong received Lim Dong-hyuk’s header pass from the starting point of Lee Chang-min’s free-kick chance, and started the game this season.
Kim Joo-gong, who has regained his confidence, is aiming for the first goal in the league away from Suwon. On March 1 last year, Ju-gong Kim scored his debut goal and the winning goal for Jeju in an away game in Suwon. Forefront striker Yuri also showed quick adaptation by serving as the starting point for Koo Ja-cheol’s dramatic winning goal after being substituted at the Changwon City Hall match.
Koo Ja-cheol leads internal solidarity on the ground with his captain, while showing his own class without hesitation. Koo Ja-cheol showed overwhelming performance in various indicators such as the most shots in the team (3), the most passes in the team (48), and the successful acquisition of the second aerial ball in the team (9) in the Gangwon expedition. In the FA Cup, he played as a substitute in the 22nd minute of the second half when the match was 1-1, and even scored a theater goal right before the end of the game, giving him a ticket to the FA Cup round of 16. As legend Ja-Cheol Koo takes the lead, the team’s energy level is bound to rise.
The upcoming Suwon expedition also has a strong will to overcome it well by putting their heads together. Coach Nam Ki-il said,안전놀이터 “I gained more confidence by winning three consecutive away matches, which everyone thought was difficult. The players are also struggling, but they are continuing to overcome. In the end, we must become stronger as we move towards the goal we set. After the ordeal, the team is getting stronger. I will also upgrade not only the performance but also the condition management of the players and the distribution of playing time in all aspects.”