Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend Preview Dec 16th and Midweek Recap Dec 12th

Lots of PL on TV. Not getting up early for LCY or LSW tho....

Saturday7:30 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@LeicesterNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgFreiburgFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgFreiburgFox Match Pass
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Man CityNBC
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonLilleNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyesAmiensBeIn Play
Sunday6:30 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaAC MilanBeIn Play
Monday3:00 PMKi Sung YuengSwansea@EvertonNBCSN

Lee Chung Yong -- I guess it reflects poorly on his situation that it wasn't mentioned in pre-match press conference that he'd be available, but he did make the squad. With a fair number of injuries, he should warm bench again but doubt he'll do much.

Ji Dong Won -- Left off the squad and perhaps will be again this weekend. Not sure how his role has been determined but Ji has to be looking ahead to winter window at this point.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Before I watched off DVR, I saw the poor rating he got from local paper and was worried but it turns out he played decently with the negative score reflective of some bad misses. Playing a 10-ish role ahead of Baier and a back five, he started off with some rough touches as well. But he also setup his teammates with some great passes, showed some classy touches and got those chances with good work. Not a great showing, but had a few of those chances gone in, coulda been a very good day.

Son Heung Min -- Once again, Son has been the brightest spot in the offense and was rewarded with a late fortunate goal, with a half-diving header off the back of his head deflected in. His confidence seems high and the quality of his decision-making has improved. While fatigue showed at times, particularly in the second half, some of his passes were excellent and most importantly, felt like he balanced shooting, passing and dribbling intelligently. He's always flashed all these skills but rarely has it felt as complete as Wednesday even at 80% quality.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- With so much rest (sigh) KCH should start and be fresh.

Suk Hyun Jun -- I imagine Suk should start, especially after being the pre-match interview.

Lee Seung Woo -- I forgot to put cup match in. Reports are that he showed his inexperience.

Ki Sung Yueng -- A step back in the right direction after a mixed showing on the weekend. While Swansea didn't see too much of the ball, Ki looked good when he did get on it and his defensive positioning was more solid than it had been. Obviously these comments are relative to Swansea's rolling over to Man City in general but there was some decent signs even if their defense imploded.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekend Recap Dec 9th and Midweek Preview Dec 12th

Of course I have work travel on Wednesday. We'll see if/when I get to watch.

Tuesday3:00 PMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceWatfordNBC Gold
Wednesday2:30 PMJi Dong WonAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 2
Wednesday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 2
Wednesday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengSwanseaMan CityNBCSN
Wednesday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamBrightonNBC Gold
Offn/aKwon Chang HoonDijon
Offn/aLee Seung WooHellas Verona
Offn/aSuk Hyun JunTroyes

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured.

Ji Dong Won -- An unused sub and probably the same again midweek.

Koo Ja Cheol -- A lot more assertive than prior weeks but it worked both ways as there were some really boneheaded passes lost in dangerous areas when he tried to do too much. But he also was a presence in attack for once and his flexible positioning from 6 to 8 to 10 helped Augsburg adjust to the flow of the match. With short rest, we'll see if Baum goes with Khedira but Koo could start for sure.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Clement had a weird scheme to get Ki all the way up in possession, ostensibly to get Ki more involved in offense and provide another heading target to pair with Bony. The reality was that Ki can't make plays when covered in the box. In the first half, this dual role resulted in a fairly flat Ki but he picked things up when he moved to a more traditional role in the second half.

Son Heung Min -- Son's on fire and facing an inexperienced defender only kept the momentum rolling. Son caused danger all day, both on the break and on the dribble. Though Tottenham continued to start sluggishly, Son took on the burden of attack and was rewarded when a sharp cross was turned in for an own goal. He followed that up with a nice breakaway goal, and then assisted Eriksen with a great through pass. For the second straight season, Son has carried the team through its slow period, and though things will get trickier time-wise when things start clicking, Son has made a strong case to keep getting the call and as such, I'd expect him to start midweek.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I joined fifteen minutes late but then things went so bad with Haddadi getting a red card and then KCH being pulled for tactical switch shortly after. This makes no sense to take off your best player so early and of course with the heart of the offense taken out, Dijon would go on to lose by four. Maybe KCH needed a rest anyway but it seemed a cowardly move... not like they were facing PSG.

Lee Seung Woo -- Unused sub.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Another Korean on fire, and when things are going well, it seems bounces go your way as it did twice for Suk this weekend, getting gifted two chances that he converted, first with a rebound falling to his feet, and second when GK clearance hit him on the chest. Unfortunately, two was not enough and Troyes would lose.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekend Preview Dec 9th and Midweek Recap Dec 6th

Snow falling in Texas must mean we're nearing the end of the year.

Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceBournemouthNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaWest BromNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamStoke CityNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@GuingampNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@MonacoBeIn Play
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@SPALBeIn Play
Sunday12:00 PMJi Dong WonAugsburgHertha BerlinFox Sports 2
Sunday12:00 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgHertha BerlinFox Sports 2

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured. Did sign autographs so not forgotten lol.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Will Ki play in a more advanced role to jumpstart their offense or will Clement shuffle the deck? I'd suspect that Ki should start... been most reliable of the army of DM/CM. But this team is awful and what Clement does to fix things...

Son Heung Min -- At least his scoring is on fire even if he had a pretty meh performance. Against inferior opposition but without playmakers like Eriksen, things had a lumpy feel but Son and Llorente did link up well when the ball did get into dangerous areas. But he struggled whenever he tried to get into a playmaker role and did show a bit of sloppiness in general. He did come out reasonably early to rest him for tomorrow. I'd think Poch has to start one of the few guys scoring.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- It's amazing how far KCH has come in first half of season where he has to start. Hopefully he keeps going.

Suk Hyun Jun -- A tough matchup but I'd think for that role Suk will start.

Lee Seung Woo -- I assume he will stay on the bench and we'll hope he at least gets the sub minutes.

Ji Dong Won -- I think with things going well, Ji will remain on bench except maybe garbage time. It is getting near time to see what Augsburg winter plans for him will be.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Kinda like Ji, I think this winter window is uncertain for Koo: feels like he's too good and valuable for Augsburg to let go, but things are going ok without Koo's outsized influence. This weekend, I expect him to return to the bench with Khedira back.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Weekend Recap Dec 1st and Midweek Preview Dec 6th

Both kids' seasons are over so hopefully some more TV time for me. But didn't get to watch too much this weekend with son's season ending tournament.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Apoel Nicosia t 2:45 PM ET on ESPN3. On the weekend, Son had an easy tap in goal and was decent despite some general problems with Tottenham's offense.


Kwon Chang Hoon -- Again KCH makes an impact, this time with a fancy first time pass that unlocked the defense and setup their winner as Dijon move into top 10. Amazing the turnaround in Dijon's fortune and how much KCH has been a key cog in that change.

Ji Dong Won -- An unused sub.

Koo Ja Cheol -- With Khedira out, Koo started but reportedly didn't do well, being replaced for a straight up defender which points out some of his shortcomings in the deeper role given that Augsburg had the match well in hand. Things are going well for Augsburg but not so much for the Koreans.

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Remaining in that deep role, its just not letting Ki be as impactful as he could be. He showed flashes of it with a great strike from distance and a handful of great passes in the final third, but when he's spending most of the match just ahead of defenders, he can only influence the match so much. With Swansea struggling on offense, a bit mystifying why Ki is stuck so deep.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Didn't watch but played 90 in a losing effort.

Lee Seung Woo -- At least he tried hard when he came on with about 20 minutes to go but I'm not sure Verona has any idea of what to do with LSW, letting him fend for himself and not providing anything for him to work with. As a result he goes for the daring in situations where he's outmatched, which doesn't end well. On the one hand he got minutes, but on the other, not sure if he's stagnating anyway.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekend Preview Dec 1st and Midweek Recap Nov 28th

I can't believe it's December and the world cup draw is coming up. Lee Seung Woo gets a debut albeit in a cup match but of course too much to do midweek and this weekend making watching a difficult task, especially for those not on DVR.

Friday2:45 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonBordeauxBeIn Play
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@MainzFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@MainzFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@West BromNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@Stoke CityNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@WatfordCNBC
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyesGuingampBeIn Play
Monday3:00 PMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaGenoaBeIn

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Another start and another goal, although this time in a loss. And what a goal it was, first timing a ball from a fair distance into far corner with tons of curl. Classy. Friday seems like a tough ask but clearly he's critical to Dijon's offense now. I think he starts but perhaps he finally gets a rest at least to start.

Koo Ja Cheol -- With Khedira out, we should expect to see Koo line up at CM/DM this week. He expressed some frustration this week about the lack of minutes, especially as he's played well at times when getting a chance. Hopefully he gets a goal or something that will give him a run of matches to earn his spot back.

Ji Dong Won -- With Koo playing deeper, Ji moves up in the attacking depth but the selection of attacking subs seems fairly arbitrary. I think he should be on the bench but we'll see if he gets minutes.

Lee Chung Yong -- Out injured.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Again playing as part of a three man DM row, Ki was decent but showed tired legs at times and was stuck pretty far back in terms of helping out on offense. When he did, Sanches would knock the ball out of bounds or Ayew would lose it. Must be frustrating for Ki but I think he continues to start as the blame isn't on him.

Son Heung Min -- I'm surprised he was rested despite him doing well against Leicester-type tactics. When he came on, he provided some energy, but soon the addition of Llorente put him wider and/or deeper than where he's most effective. Lamela was good as well though I think for now, he'll slot in for Eriksen. With such a frustrating run of matches, we'll see how much Poch re-arranges things but I'd think that Son would start but it's unclear when things go so bad.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on as a sub. I guess one rationale is that he was rested in a lost cause vs PSG but they were actually close to it and reports were that Suk had created some chances as well when he came on. With that rest, I'd expect Suk to start this weekend.

Lee Seung Woo -- A start in a cup. Reports were that he was lively if a bit sloppy with his aggressive play. They did win eventually but no goals probably means back to bench but hopefully he earned some more minutes going forward.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Weekend Recap Nov 25th and Midweek Preview Nov 28th

Another great weekend for Koreans in France but again, having a hard time watching 'em do their thing.

Tuesday1:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@AmiensBeIn Play
Tuesday2:45 PMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@BrightonNBC Gold
Tuesday2:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Leicester CityNBCSN
Wednesday12:00 PMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@Chievo (Cup)None
Wednesday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengSwansea@ChelseaNBC Gold
Wednesday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@PSGBeIn
Offn/aJi Dong WonAugsburg
Offn/aKoo Ja CheolAugsburg

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Another week, another goal for KCH and although he was a bit lucky this time with GK losing control of his hard shot. Didn't see match but to follow up some national media attention with a goal can't hurt nor can the three points as they move to 12th. I expect KCH to start.

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured.

Son Heung Min -- On a frustrating day when Tottenham showed their reliance on Eriksen and what happens when he plays poorly, Son was an exception creating tons of danger from the left. Frequently beating two men on the dribble and sending in some good crosses, Son was a bit unfortunate not to be rewarded with an assist. In the second half, he started to be a bit less effective in a freer role, but still was a relative bright spot and should probably start again if fresh enough.

Lee Seung Woo -- An unused sub and normally a cup match would be a chance for younger guys like LSW but he has the misfortune of a derby and so I've lowered hopes down to garbage time minutes.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Started on the right side of a theoretical diamond but was more in a flat row of three DMs as Swansea stayed defensive most of the match. Ki was scrappy and putting in a good effort though of course his offensive contributions were limited from his deep role. One moment I did miss was Ki accidentally shoving referee and we'll see if there's any punishment for that. It's a short turnaround and perhaps Clement will go for fresh legs vs. Chelsea but I'm leaning to Ki starting.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Like KCH, Suk followed up last weekend with another goal. Like KCH, I didn't watch but I'd expect a forward who's scoring to keep starting though of course against a team like PSG, Suk might be a bit more isolated than normal.

Ji Dong Won -- An unused sub. Good news is that he made the squad but bad news it that things are very clogged up and minutes are hard to get.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Came on for an injured Khedira and provided some offensive danger. The stream I was watching had some issues but he looked to be quite involved on the counter but there were lots of shots of a frustrated Koo so obviously not quite effective. A hard fought win and Koo has to start wondering about his future if he's not starting regularly despite playing well.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekend Preview Nov 25th and Midweek Recap Nov 21st

Goal for Son makes for a Thanksgiving treat. We'll see how much I watch live given holiday.

Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburgWolfsburgFox Match Pass
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgWolfsburgFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceStoke CityNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaBournemouthNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamWest BromCNBC
Saturday12:00 PMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@SassuoloBeIn Play
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonToulouseNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyesAngersBeIn Play

Ji Dong Won -- With Cordova coming back, we'll see how Baum lines up his 33 (!) players. So many players and so few spots means its unclear if Ji even makes the matchday squad. Hoping he makes the bench but wouldn't be surprised if he was left out.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Unlike Ji, Koo is more important and also plays a relatively less thin position. It's been 50/50 between him and Khedira but I think Baum will go for offense and Koo tomorrow.

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Things are getting kinda desperate for Clement. I think Ki starts but its unclear in what role and certainly Clement could get crazy and put Ki on the bench.

Son Heung Min -- A super goal to ensure that Tottenham wins the group and again, Son destroys Dortmund. While he wasn't great prior to the goal, Son was a consistent offensive threat stretching out the Dortmund defense. Normally, with a match midweek, I'd expect Son to be on bench but maybe Poch wants to get momentum going after a sad showing at Arsenal and beginning vs. Dortmund.

Lee Seung Woo -- As an FYI, the Italian 23 man squad is ridiculous. With cup match midweek, I don't expect LSW to start. Maybe an outside chance of garbage time but with Kean back, maybe not even that.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Has to start. Obvious quality even if he's not as assertive as one would hope a player of his caliber to be.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Forwards who score generally keep starting so I'd expect him to start.