2G 5 runs → First scoreless run of the season… Incheon seeks ‘defensive balance’

“Isn’t it a transitional period for a good game?”

Incheon United coach Cho Seong-hwan responded to a question about defensive anxiety prior to the 3rd round confrontation with Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 Jeju United held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 12th.

Incheon conceded five goals in the opening two matches. Along with Daegu FC, it is located in the joint lead with the most goals. It’s early in the season, but no matter how good the offense is, if the defense is shaky, you won’t be able to gain an advantage in the game. It was a part that needed more restoration because Incheon was stepping on the stage of the first Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL).

However, the chief looked at the ‘future’ rather than the present. He believed that the shaky present would be the foundation for a better tomorrow. Coach Cho said, “I think it is a transitional period to play a good game. As we continued to defend from a high position and emphasize switching between offense and defense, we made mistakes. I shouldn’t come out anymore, but I think these processes are the process of moving to a good team.”

The performance is gradually increasing. Incheon is building an offensive line that is said to be the best in the league by recruiting Jerso, who is said to be the best crack this season, and veteran midfielder Shin Jin-ho. Shin Jin-ho, who has reunited with Lee Myung-joo, is teaming up with Incheon’s three-back team, and Jerso with Hernandez. Here, coach Cho emphasizes the balance of defense, not just offense, and even though center back Kim Dong-min was absent from the previous game that day, all players, centered on Kwon Jin-jin, played one step further in defense. 예스벳 토토

However, there are some areas where a solution needs to be found. Unlike the first half, Incheon, which was driven hard, slowed down due to the opponent’s pressure and offensive towards the end of the second half. Compared to the first half, when he held the line high, he came down and was busy blocking the opponent in the second half. There were a lot of scenes where I almost gave up on the lead. Coach Cho said, “There was a dangerous situation in the flow of the game. I think we need to reduce that part. We need to improve our game management skills a little more. When we went to the winning stage, we had to find a way out,” he emphasized.

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