Hong Myung-bo, who beat Atletico in the K League, had a plan
Team K League showed off its potential to beat Atletico Madrid (AT Madrid). Even if it was a friendly match played by AT Madrid players when they were not in perfect condition, it showed the competitiveness of the K League.
Team K League won 3-2 in a friendly match between AT Madrid and Coupang Play Series at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 27th, and the result was a “reversal.” It was a surprising come-from-behind victory, especially considering that it was a big loss throughout the first half.
The K-League team, which had 11 domestic players, including Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC), Joo Min-kyu (Ulsan Hyundai), and Na Sang-ho (FC Seoul), struggled against AT Madrid, where Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata started, and goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun (Daejeon Hana Citizen) would have been able to score many runs without a good defense in the 12th minute of the first half.
The atmosphere changed drastically in the second half of the team K League. In the second half, he played mainly for foreign players and led the game against AT Madrid, which is in Group 2. Team K League, which started chasing with Anton (Daejeon)’s backheader, gave up one more goal, but AT Madrid sank thanks to Palosevic (Seoul)’s penalty kick and Lee Soon-min (Gwangju FC)’s theatrical goal.
Coach Hong Myung-bo, who led the team K-League after the victory, said, “In the end, the most important thing was communication. Of course, it would have been possible to arrange Korean and foreign players for each position, but the playing time was randomly distributed for better communication. It was judged that it would be more efficient.”
The K-League All-Star team, the K-League, did not have time to work together. Even if the most talented people in the K-League gathered, there was no opportunity to strengthen their organizational skills, so it was a difficult environment to show off their skills. Nevertheless, thanks to thorough research and a sense of purpose, I was able to obtain the result of a surprise victory.
Above all, coach Hong Myung-bo’s planned use of players in the first half stood out. Director Hong judged that it would be difficult for him to consolidate his organizational skills in a short period of time, so he came up with a combination that could facilitate communication on the pitch. In addition, experienced foreign players were added later in anticipation that AT Madrid would give strength in the first half and put in a large number of promising players in the second half. It overcame the power inferiority with base.
Jeong Tae-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) said, “I definitely felt that there is a reason why Ulsan is doing well. The director has the ability to control and clearly pays attention to organizational skills. (Ulsan) I felt a lot about why it was ranked first in the K-League.” It seems that we took the match a little more seriously in line with that,” he revealed the secret to victory.
Cezinya (Daegu FC), who helped Anton’s equalizer with an accurate kick, said, “It was good to play against AT Madrid. It feels good to show the skills of Korean soccer and all players who play in Korea in this game.”