“A situation like this happens every time we go through a difficult time. We believe that we need to reflect on ourselves.”
These are the words of FC Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo, who unfortunately lost in an away game against Gangwon FC in the 9th round of Hana One Q K League 1 2023 on the 26th of last month. Of course, the fact that the equalizer at the end of this game was not recognized as a goal was ultimately judged as a mistake, but from Seoul’s point of view, it was a lost game without winning points. It was very disappointing for coach Ahn Ik-soo as he won 3-1 in the previous round against Suwon Samsung in a super match.
As he said, Seoul always lost at the critical point where it could continue its winning streak from last season. Although they are running second this season as well, there is no winning streak other than the victory over Incheon United and Gwangju FC in the first and second rounds. After losing to Ulsan Hyundai in the 3rd round, he went on an expedition to Jeju United in the 4th round and won the theater, and then lost again in the 5th round of Daejeon Hana Citizen. They succeeded in reversing the atmosphere by winning against Daegu FC in the 6th round, but in the 7th round Pohang Steelers expedition, they won a draw. After catching Suwon Samsung and losing to Gangwon, they rebounded by beating Suwon FC again last week.
Of course, many things have improved compared to last season, such as performance and various attack routes. However, one regrettable thing for Seoul is that it is unable to determine the match to be won and there are variables. In the match against Gangwon, he was dragged down by conceding two goals, but eventually balanced the game. Then, at the end of the game, he gave up a goal and collapsed. It showed the potential to follow the two-goal difference, but failed to take a point in the game, and eventually became the scapegoat for Gangwon’s first win of the season in 11th place.
A winning streak is one of the conditions for a strong team in the league. At the very least, it is possible to compete for championships only when there is the power to win draws and even win or lose matches. It is often referred to as victory DNA. This is the part that director Ahn Ik-soo felt sorry for. After the Gangwon match, he expressed regret, saying, “We must have a sense of responsibility to compete better on the top stage and deliver something to the fans in a better way, but I think we need to reflect on that part ourselves.” 메이저놀이터
After winning 3-0 at Suwon FC away last weekend, Seoul has another chance. It is a condition for a strong team and an opportunity for a ‘win streak’ necessary for a team competing for championship. The opponent is Jeonbuk. On the 4th, Jeonbuk coach Kim Sang-shik voluntarily resigned and went on an expedition to Seoul under the system of acting manager Kim Doo-hyun. However, it is a team that has overcome numerous obstacles with winning DNA over the past several years. Attention is focusing on whether Seoul, which is aiming to restore its reputation this season, will be able to succeed in winning streak against Jeonbuk, which is in crisis.