Incheon, which was ranked in the top 4 with good reinforcements before the opening, is unfortunately having a 1st round robin. We have to think back to the past years when we fought in the relegation zone.
Incheon United, led by coach Cho Seong-hwan, lost 0-1 to Ulsan Hyundai in the 9th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium at 7:30 pm on the 26th. Martin Adam scored the winning goal in the 10th minute of the first half.
It was this game in which both teams in Incheon and Ulsan started their rotation. In a tight schedule with three games in a week, it was necessary to arrange physical strength for the starting pitcher. In the midst of this, there was an aspect that Ulsan, which had thick resources, overwhelmed Incheon in the first half. Incheon showed unexcusable performance in the first half.
Incheon ranked 9th in the league with 2 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, and 9 points. Ahead of this season, they recruited a large number of well-received resources such as Shin Jin-ho, Zerso, and Mpoku. At the Media Day before the opening, many K-League coaches evaluated Incheon as a force that could be ranked in the ‘Top 4’.
However, the reality is different. Coach Cho Seong-hwan said at a press conference before the game, “I will do my best with the players to get 3 points as the number of points in the first round robin that I aimed for is insufficient.” After conceding a goal in the first half, Jerso and Hernandez were put in in the second half to drive Ulsan, but the equalizer was not scored.
As the poor performance continued, captain Oh Ban-seok said, “The players must put down their burden and play every game with the spirit of fighting in the relegation zone.”
In the joint coverage area after the match, Oh Ban-seok said, “I hope we can put down the burden. The players must acknowledge our position and focus on every game as if we fought in the relegation zone. It becomes more difficult if we fall into the consciousness that the gap between the leaders and points has widened.” did.
Incheon was the ‘remaining king’ even until the 2020 season. Every year, we have been fighting hard for retention, and as a result, we have not experienced relegation to the second division since our first participation in the K-League in 2004. However, he did not settle for this, confirmed early retention in 8th place in 2021, and won the right to advance to the first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League in 2022 with 4th place. It was the result of working as a team to win every match.
Oh Ban-seok said, “I want all the players to be strong. We need to approach professionally. If we are not satisfied with playing in Incheon right away and look far away, we will get good results like Cheon Seong-hun, who scored two goals against Suwon FC.”메이저사이트
Of course, Incheon has passed the stage where it has to pour all of its resources as before. The number of players who can participate in each match is limited. Each player must prove their ability in limited opportunities.
Oh Ban-seok said, “We need to relieve our impatience. There is something that individuals want to do, so there is a sense of urgency.” It seems to have it. Only by overcoming it can Incheon go in the direction it wants to go.”
Incheon will play the Pohang Steelers in the 10th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at Pohang Steel Yard at 3:00 pm on the 30th.