Fierce relegation fight’ Coach Byung-soo Kim “I’m still not satisfied, but I have to be mentally strong

Suwon Samsung coach Kim Byung-soo, who has been fighting for the relegation zone throughout the season, emphasized ‘mental strength’ while conveying his determination to concentrate on every game.

Coach Kim Byung-soo said at a meeting with reporters ahead of the 27th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 against Jeju United at 7:30 pm on the 18th at Suwon World Cup Stadium, “I calmly prepared for the game. He also tried to have good energy emotionally.”

Suwon suffered from frequent injuries throughout the season, making it difficult to assemble the squad. Coincidentally, both Ahn Byung-jun and Yang Hyeong-mo were included in the list again that day, drawing attention. Regarding this, coach Kim Byung-soo said, “Actually, Yang Hyeong-mo still has problems, but it was the right time, so I let him play. In the case of Ahn Byung-jun, he has been through training, but full-time is not easy. It seems to be digested for about 30 to 40 minutes,” he explained. 

Suwon’s striker’s troubles were repeated today as well. Both Mulich and Popo, strikers in the team, were excluded from the list. Manager Kim Byung-soo said, “Mulich was able to return only yesterday due to an injury. Popo seems to be too ambitious. He seemed to feel a lot of pressure, so he was excluded from today’s list. Instead, Park Hee-jun, who started the match that day, is a player who can energize the team.”스포츠토토

Suwon opened the prelude to escaping the relegation zone by running an undefeated march with 2 wins and 3 draws in July. However, in the first two games in August, they faltered again with 1 draw and 1 loss. They are now 15 points away from the ninth place, where a fierce battle for mid-place is taking place. Regarding this, coach Kim Byung-soo said, “In the current situation, we have to do our best in any way and aim for victory. I do winter training for about two to two and a half months (after taking office), but hasn’t it been just that much? I think I put a lot of effort into getting to this point,” he said. After all, you have to be mentally strong. It would be nice if the team changed drastically in a short period of time, but we have no choice but to run the game according to the situation.”

Confronting this, Jeju coach Nam Ki-il said, “Recent players have played a lot of games, so I had a partial rotation in mind,” and explained, “We strategically prepared not only what we can do well, but also the opponent.” On this day, Jeju’s main gun Hayes and Yuri Jonatan wait on the bench for a sortie. 

Regarding the recent team atmosphere, he said, “We always maintain the same attitude. I continued to maintain this atmosphere and tried to fill in the missing parts.”

Meanwhile, Jeju met Suwon twice this season and won both. Coach Nam Ki-il said, “I am confident because I did well in the previous two matches. Still, a cautious game is expected. Everyone on the team knows the importance of every match. The difference between 4th and 4th place is not big. I think we need to keep this atmosphere well,” he explained.

Lastly, regarding the recently postponed FA Cup schedule, head coach Nam Ki-il replied, “Isn’t it God’s will?” Previously, Jeju’s FA Cup match against Pohang Steelers, which was scheduled for last week, was postponed due to the influence of Typhoon Kanun. Director Nam said, “The schedule is delayed because there are various reasons beyond our control. I am accepting and preparing for those parts well.”

Meanwhile, Suwon put forward Kim Tae-hwan, Park Hee-joon, Kim Joo-chan, Myung Jun-jae, Kazuki, Go Seung-beom, Han Ho-gang, Kim Joo-won, Park Dae-won, and Lee Ki-je. Yang Hyeong-mo was in charge of the goal. Ahn Byung-jun, Jeon Jin-woo, Akosti, Yu Je-ho, and Bultuis wait on the bench to sortie.

In Jeju, Seo Jin-soo, Kim Ju-gong, Kwon Soon-ho, Lee Ju-yong, Kim Gun-woong, Jeon Seong-jin, Lim Chang-woo, Kim O-gyu, Lim Chae-min, and Jeong-woon go first. Kim Dong-jun was responsible for the goal. Yuri Jonathan, Hayes, and Kim Bong-soo start the game from the bench.

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