Seoul at a crossroads, Ulsan a crucial matchup

FC Seoul, which faced the shocking variable of the manager’s sudden resignation, stood at a critical crossroads of whether to remain in the upper stream or fall down. In this situation, it faced the biggest hurdle to meet the leading Ulsan Hyundai.

Seoul will play Ulsan and Hana One 바카라사이트 Q K League 1 2023 round 28 at 7 pm on the 27th at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Seoul is 4th in the league with 39 points, but the gap between the mid-ranking teams is not large, so every game is on thin ice.

Seoul suffered confusion when manager Ahn Ik-soo announced his sudden resignation immediately after the match against Daegu FC (2-2 draw) on the 19th. After taking office as Seoul coach in September 2021, coach Ahn went through a transitional period and raised the possibility of Final A, such as putting Seoul in fourth place this year. However, the slump in the last 5 games (3 draws and 2 losses) was a big blow. Unlike the beginning of the season, the game content was not good, such as being caught by a team with a lower ranking, and fans were not the only ones disappointed. Enraged by this, coach Ahn made an angry gesture toward the audience, and eventually announced his resignation at a press conference. Seoul also accepted Ahn’s resignation on the 22nd, and appointed head coach Kim Jin-gyu as acting manager to set the mood.

The gap between 4th place Seoul and 3rd place Jeonbuk Hyundai (41 points) is not that great, but the gap with 7th place Daejeon Hana Citizen (36 points) is only 3 points. From now on, depending on the results of each game, you can remain in Final A or fall to Final B. From the standpoint of Seoul, which stayed in Final B for three consecutive years from 2020 to last year, going to Final B for four consecutive years is a shame.

The problem is that the opponent to meet immediately after coach Ahn’s resignation is Ulsan, the leader. Ulsan, too, has not been in a good mood lately, and on the 19th, in the ‘Hyundai Derby’ against Jeonbuk, it was decorated with a 1-0 victory and succeeded in rebounding. In the previous two matches this season, Ulsan won 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, and has the upper hand.

Both Ulsan and Seoul have strong offense. In terms of team goals, Ulsan ranks first with 50 goals and Seoul ranks second with 48 goals. However, while Ulsan has good defense, conceding only the third fewest goals in the league (29 goals), Seoul concedes the fifth most goals with 35 goals. In particular, during the winless period of 5 games, the balance between offense and defense was severely broken, scoring 8 goals and allowing as many as 10 goals. We need to find this balance again so that we can play on an equal footing with Ulsan.


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