Jeonbuk Hyundai, which suffered a struggle at the beginning of the season and went through twists and turns in which even the manager voluntarily resigned, is slowly recovering. Injured players, including Cho Kyu-seong, are returning one after another, and Jeonbuk, which is equipped with normal power, is poised to start a full-fledged hunt for points.
Jeonbuk won 3-1 in the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 round 14 match against Suwon FC held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 21st. With 18 points (5 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses), Jeonbuk moved up to 7th place, giving them a green light to enter Final A.
Jeonbuk showed a strong will to regain the league championship they lost to Ulsan Hyundai last season through a massive reinforcement of their strength ahead of this season. However, after the opening of the season, the performance was more sluggish than expected, and after the A match in March, injured players such as Kim Jin-soo and Cho Kyu-seong came out and the rankings plummeted. In the meantime, fans even confronted the squad bus, and coach Kim Sang-sik, who could not bear the stress about the performance, resigned voluntarily.
Jeonbuk, where head coach Kim Doo-hyun took over as acting manager, is quickly looking for stability. They are undefeated with 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 4 matches. In particular, it is encouraging that the offensive power is stabilizing enough to score 3 goals in 2 out of 4 matches.
Acting Kim has a lot of credit for this part. Jeonbuk struggled to make the best 11 due to the pouring in of injuries at the beginning of the season. In that situation, he even used a three-back tactic. However, the best 11 and tactics, which are different in each game, have consequently disrupted breathing among the players. The first thing Kim paid attention to after taking the baton was ‘traffic control’. There were some noticeable parts such as Baek Seung-ho’s forward placement and Maeng Seong-woong’s fullback appointment, but the foundation of the best 11 was not shaken. By fine-tuning the players’ roles and putting more emphasis on offense, Jeonbuk’s performance has changed completely from the beginning of the season.
Here, the return of the injured also gives Kim’s strength. In the 13th round match against Incheon United, Kim Jin-soo reported returning after two months, and in the Suwon FC match, Cho Kyu-seong also returned from a calf injury suffered in March and played full-time. Song Min-gyu, who left due to an ankle injury, also returned that day and scored the winning goal. 안전놀이터
Jeonbuk has a tough schedule ahead. On the 29th, we will go to Pohang Steelers, and on the 3rd of next month, we will bring the leader Ulsan home. Even though they have recovered their performance, they are opponents that can never be taken lightly.
However, compared to the beginning of the season when expectations fell to the bottom, now is the time to bet on the game. Jeonbuk is 19 points behind Ulsan, making it difficult to fight for the lead, but they are only 6 points behind second place FC Seoul, Jeju United, and Pohang (24 points above), so if they can win head-to-head, they will be able to rise further. can Jeonbuk’s counterattack has begun.