193cm tall ST Lee Hojae’s confidence… “Not only post-play, but also under my feet!”

“Everyone knows me as a player who is only good at post-play. I wanted to show that my feet are good as well.”

The Pohang Steelers defeated the Incheon United 3-1 in the 18th round of the “Hana Bank K League 1 2024” held at Incheon Football Stadium at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The victory pushed Pohang to second place in the league, breaking its record of no wins in two games.

It was a one-sided offensive from Pohang. In the first half, Incheon had two shots, while Pohang scored a whopping 12 shots to hit Incheon’s net. And in the 27th minute, Pohang finished the first half smoothly with Hur Young-joon’s first goal.

In addition, Lee Ho-jae scored a fantastic additional goal to widen the lead. In the seventh minute of the second half, Lee Ho-jae, who received a pass from Hur Young-joon in the box, completed the score 2-0, with a fantastic right-footed shot. Then, in the 26th minute of the second half, he scored multiple goals and beat two defenders to seal the victory. Thus, Pohang won the game 3-1.

After the match, Lee Ho-jae said, “I’m glad that I not only achieved performance but also brought good results. The coach felt frustrated about the score. Strikers also felt frustrated about the inability to score. I will try to score more points through practice.”

He had no regrets about his first hat trick as a professional. “I have experience in multi-goal games but I have never scored a hat trick. I wanted to try a hat trick myself. However, the coach decided that Jorge was right for me, and I don’t have much regrets,” he said. “(George) is a player who plays in the same position as me. I can’t communicate well, but we communicate each other in the stadium. To become a strong team, not only the center but also the resources on the side must burst. I think we had good results as we talked a lot with Yong-joon and Inseong in the game today.”

[Lee Hojae’s full question and answer]

HJ: How do you feel about the game?

I’m happy to bring good results as well as performance. The coach felt frustrated with the scoring. Strikers also had frustration in areas where they couldn’t score. I’ll try to score more points through practice.

Both goals were impressive?

(The first goal) was because Yong-joon passed the ball well. I was happy that the ball went as I thought. (The second goal) I wanted to show that I am not only good at post-play. I am a player who is well underfoot. I always wanted to show them on the field, but I didn’t have a chance. I had the chance, so I thought, “Let’s do it with confidence,” and it turned out well as I thought. It was a natural ceremony, not intended.

HJ: You’re disappointed about the hat trick?

As a professional, I have experience in multi-goal, but I have never scored a hat trick. I wanted to try a hat trick myself. However, the coach decided that Giorgi was appropriate, and I have no regrets.

  • Do you have any particular communication with Giorgi who doesn’t have a field goal yet?

(George) is also a player in the same position as me. I can’t communicate well, but we communicate here and there on the field. To become a strong team, not only the center but also the resources on the side must burst. I think I had good results today as I talked a lot with Yong-joon and Inseong in Gyeonggi Province.

Q: I’m from Incheon Youth. I think you must have felt differently?

Incheon was the first team to join Korea after being in New Zealand. It would have been nice if I had the opportunity to make my debut in Incheon, but I started my professional career in Pohang. I will show you everything I have in Pohang.

Did you have confidence in dribbling?

That’s right. The opponent’s defense was all down, and everyone was tired. There was space and confidence, so I thought, “I should finish it off.”

Q: What did you gain the most from today’s victory?

In my opinion, the performance was good until now, but I think I was disappointed with my scoring ability. I liked the part where I could get rid of the frustration with multiple goals.

Q: Other than training, what changes have you made in particular?

Not only did I watch my videos, but I also watched videos of many players such as Joo Min-kyu. I also did a lot of image training. I think those parts influenced me.

Do you refer to videos of K-League players?

I don’t particularly choose (domestic or overseas). I didn’t particularly divide players because it is good to have strengths of all players. 메이저사이트

  • He moved to second place. The driving force behind staying in the top ranks?

Since the winter, I have worked hard under the coach. The players worked hard to follow the coach’s tactics. As these parts fit together from the beginning, I gained confidence.

  • Burden of grades?

All the top teams seem to have it all. If we maintain coach Park Tae-ha’s own soccer, our performance will not drop. It will be a team that seeks to win the championship while working with the older brothers more.

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