“I think you can’t ignore ‘jjambab’.”
‘Veteran leader’ Choi Yoon-gyeom, head coach of Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, has a new team and the stage of K-League 2 (2nd division) as expected. In the past, Choi coached Bucheon SK, Daejeon Citizen, Hoang An Ya Lai (Vietnam), Gangwon FC, Busan I-Park, and Jeju United. He is leading the team as the first coach of Cheongju, the ‘new team’ this season.
The beginning was ‘sensation’. In the opening match, Cheongju defeated Seoul E-Land 3-2 and won their first victory. Afterwards, they showed a positive appearance against Busan (1-1 draw)-Gyeongnam FC (2-2 draw). Cheongju’s blast did not last long. Jeonnam Dragons (0-3 loss) – Chungnam Asan (0-4 loss) – Bucheon FC (0-4 loss), etc.
Coach Choi looked back at the first round robin ahead of the match against Sangmu Kim Cheon held at Gimcheon Sports Complex on the 21st. Coach Choi said, “April was a difficult time like a nightmare. The first five games were fine. We won the first game. After that, the content of the four games was also good. A large number of goals were lost. Now it is in the process of adapting after a tactical change. I thought it was easy and suffered badly. We must continue to show performance worthy of a new team. We must not show the fans losing in a row and losing a lot of points. Prepare for defense. I did a lot,” he said.
He said, “The K League 2 stage is stronger than I thought. I can feel the difference in level. It was worth trying in the first 5 games. But (other teams) have very different tactics. There are cases where you can widen it while using it. No two tactics are the same. Depending on the opponent, you use different tactics.”
In the first round robin, coach Choi fought ‘desperately’. He also seemed to have lost weight. He laughed, saying, “Originally, when I coach, I lose weight. If I lose in a row, I lose more weight.” One thing is for sure, I learned while getting hit. Cheongju is showing a stable appearance recently. He gave strength to the defense. Thanks to that, they recently went undefeated in three matches against Cheonan City FC (2-1 win) – Ansan Greeners (3-0 win) – Gimcheon (0-0 draw). Coach Choi said, “K League 2 is exceptionally rough. After the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the playing time has also increased. Players have recognized the propensity of referees and the intensity of fouls. There are many teams where one coach has accumulated tactical know-how over the course of 2-3 years of playing. Bucheon and Gyeongnam are steady. Gimpo FC is a special case. I think they can’t ignore ‘Jjambab’. Having accumulated know-how, they have various tactics. It seems to be usable, too.”스포츠토토
Cheongju clashes with Gyeongnam on the 27th. Coach Choi said, “I think some of the injured players can join.