Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Weekend Preview March 17th

Possibly won't watch live due to vacation... we'll see how the snow is. Thank goodness international break is soon so I can take a blogging break.

Saturday8:15 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaTottenham (Cup)Fox Sports 1
Saturday8:15 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Swansea (Cup)Fox Sports 1
Saturday10:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgWerder BremenFox Match Pass
Saturday11:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@Huddersfield TownNBCSN
Saturday3:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@MontpelierBeIn Play
Saturday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@AmiensNone
Sunday10:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaAtalantaBeIn Play

Ki Sung Yueng -- Rumors to AC Milan continue to bubble up from Italy, where it makes sense in some ways: he'd be a direct flight away from Seoul, get to play for a large historic club albeit in smaller role, and the Sunderland link to sporting director and finances make it plausible. That said, its only March and Ki has been playing so well that we will see if something more appealing for him comes up. But before that, he's got an FA Cup quarterfinals. Normally with international break ahead, one might think that Swansea gambles a bit but with both Ayews out, perhaps they take a safer route. I think Ki starts in either case but it will be a tough matchup.

Son Heung Min -- We will see if Poch plays it safe with Son with Kane out injured and no real backup with Llorente not establishing himself. Tottenham will want a trophy to validate their progress but the squad will have a fair amount of international load. For now, I expect Son to start with the hopes of a quick finish.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo should start. With safety more or less assured and EL looking distant though, it will be interesting to see how they handle the rest of the season.

Lee Chung Yong -- Maybe LCY gets a look again. Crystal Palace is getting healthier though so the window for that is closing rapidly.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I'm not sure what ODO is doing with KCH, in what looks like a very careful usage of his minutes. I think KCH starts but maybe gets the quick hook again.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Troyes is looking for goals so we'll see if Suk wins the coin flip of starting CF.

Lee Seung Woo -- Probably remains on the bench all match.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekend Recap March 10th

A lot of defensive action on Saturday but Son offsets that with fireworks on Sunday.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo played in a deeper role than previously, more as a CM than a 10, and was decent in that role with his usual combative play despite Augsburg spending much of the match in their own half. He did miss a chance to score with a header from pointblank range, but Augsburg took advantage of their few chances and somehow won easily.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Like Koo, but even more extreme as Swansea were reduced to ten men early and basically put most everyone in the box. Ki reflected his side's defense first approach and rarely got chances to go forward but did hustle to disrupt the opposition attack. He looked totally drained when subbed off in final minutes and the hard effort resulted in a decent point ahead of next week's FA cup match.

Lee Chung Yong -- Came on in the final ten minutes and despite me not paying too much attention, looked to be decent in the few chances to touch the ball.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I only saw the second half and he was subbed off early. He looked to be fighting hard and well so a bit surprised but perhaps reflective of problems in the first half.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He came on in the final 20 minutes as Troyes in their search for goals in their relegation fight looked to their other forward from the start. Neither scored and Troyes remain in the relegation zone.

Lee Seung Woo -- An unused sub but a derby win keeps Verona's survival hopes alive.

Son Heung Min -- When Kane went off, things looked bad with Tottenham looking slow after last week's CL disappointment. Son was trying hard and doing ok in the first half, particularly starting off the attack that allowed Tottenham to level. Then Son upped his game in the second half, and proceeded to score a brace, first repeating his mishit goal from midweek with a volley off his shin for his first, then getting behind the defense and dribbling around GK for his second. While he's not a perfect #9, Son showed better ability to feed his teammates too and of course getting the goals to at least be a decent substitute while Kane is out. Another MOTM showing from Son who has emerged as an increasingly key player for Tottenham.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Weekend Preview Mar 10th and Midweek Recap Mar 7th

What a miserable end to CL for Son despite a great showing...

Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@HannoverFox Sports 2
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@Huddersfield TownNBC Gold
Saturday12:30 PMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@ChelseaNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonAmiensNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@NantesBeIn Play
Saturday2:45 PMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaChievo VeronaBeIn Play
Sunday12:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamBournemouthNBCSN

Koo Ja Cheol -- He should start... not sure if Finnbogason is fit enough to play but for now I think Koo will be second striker/10. A chance for Augsburg to get things going.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He seems to be coming up a lot in press conferences but for now both Ki and Carvahal are saying the right things about focusing on relegation fight rather than contract. Of course the latter had a crazy metaphor about fires and water lol.

Lee Chung Yong -- The K league clubs are still interested (not sure when their window closes) so we'll see what happens but for now I expect bench warming.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I think he will start but of course he's not an automatic teamsheet guy.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Suk has been starting despite not producing post-injury. Nobody else is really stepping up so I don't expect a change.

Lee Seung Woo -- Like LCY, expecting bench warming.

Son Heung Min -- Son caused danger all match and yet was really a bit wasteful in the final touch and Tottenham paid the price. Far from Son's fault given he was one of the best out there and scored their only goal, but even that goal reflected his inaccuracy where he mishit a volley onto his plant foot which fortuitously landed in goal. He'll have to think of the times when he mishit volleys or shot just wide in light of their elimination. To be honest, I don't think this team was going to win the CL, so perhaps for the best that they can focus on FA cup and finishing top 4.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Weekend Recap Mar 3rd and Midweek Preview Mar 7th

A great weekend for Ki and Son.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Juventus in CL at 2:45 PM on Fox Sports 1. When Son started Saturday, I thought his job was to hold the fort in the PL but Son did his best to make his case to start Wednesday scoring both goals and creating tons of danger all match. When Poch pulled Son aside for a talk after his first, one wonders if he was telling Son to score another and earn a start in CL, and when Son scored a header (!) and then was rested with 20 to go, maybe Son did enough to do so. While Son wasn't perfect, Son made the difference as he has often this season. And that difference has to be temping for Poch in CL, and I think Son did enough to earn the starting spot.


Koo Ja Cheol -- Augsburg struggled and Koo turned invisible. Augsburg was a bit wonky with lots of injuries and Koo had a hard time impacting the match. He wasn't the weak link but not as dynamic as he had been in prior weeks.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Ki may have shown that he made the right decision staying with Swansea instead of West Ham, as Ki propelled Swansea to a 4-1 victory over them that moved them all the way into 13th in the table. Ki started the scoring with a long distance shot into the corner and then assisted the next with a great corner. His set pieces over the past couple months have been brilliant. While he got a bit too fancy at the end, Ki looked to be in full control of his powers which is great news for Swansea's survival hopes.

Suk Hyun Jun -- I watched some but he might as well not have been on as Troyes struggled to do anything going forward.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I didn't watch him come on as a sub but apparently had a decent chance at goal.

Lee Seung Woo -- Postponed. RIP Astori.

Lee Chung Yong -- Unused sub. They found a way to throw away a two goal lead without any of LCY's help.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Weekend Preview Mar 3rd and Midweek Recap Feb 27th

Swansea and Tottenham both win FA cup matches and now face each other in the next round.

Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgHoffenheimFox Match Pass
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaWest HamNBC Gold
Saturday10:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamHuddersfield TownNBCSN
Saturday11:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesPSGBeIn
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@Saint EtienneBeIn Play
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas Verona@BeneventoBeIn Play
Monday3:00 PMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceMan UtdNBCSN

Koo Ja Cheol -- Baum sounded happy about Koo's temporary wearing of the captain's armband, and with lots of injuries, we should see Koo start again but perhaps Baum will have a funny shape to reflect the lack of a natural RB.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Started in a surprise for me, playing as DM. Given that Sheffield Wednesday were playing pretty deep, that meant that Ki didn't have to do too much. He got subbed off at HT which seemed a sign to me that Ki was there to ensure that Swansea didn't lose the match early and that he should start again this weekend.

Son Heung Min -- A good game from Son as he scored twice, had a PK goal incorrectly ruled illegal, and also assisted a goal and was subbed off first when the match was well in hand. That said some of his problems of taking to long in the box and failing to beat GK in tight one-on-ones remain an issue. Being subbed off is a good sign for him to start this weekend, but also may mean that he'll be on the bench for CL midweek.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Will probably start but needs to get going as Troyes are in the relegation zone.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- We'll see how fit he is, and given propensity for being benched when not 100%, probably means he'll be on bench even if fit.

Lee Seung Woo -- A must win vs bottom of the table Benevento means that LSW probably won't play.

Lee Chung Yong -- Was last week's cameo a sign of being used again? Probably not so I assume he'll continue to warm the bench.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Weekend Recap Feb 23rd and Midweek Schedule Feb 27th

Not tons to watch and while I watched a fair amount live, wasn't really paying attention as well as I could have.


Ki Sung Yueng -- Swansea host Sheffield Wednesday at 3:05 PM ET on Fox Sports 2 in FA Cup replay. Ki looked good in the first half controlling possession and distributing the ball well. Things fell apart for Swansea in the final 30... reports were that Ki wasn't particularly to blame even if he didn't stop the bleeding. With Swansea looking a bit flat on the weekend, we'll see if Ki starts but he should be on the bench if not.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham host Rochdale at 2:45 PM ET on Fox Sports 1 in FA Cup. Son came on in the final dozen minutes or so and tried to work the wide and deep areas with modest success, such as winning the corner that led to Kane's goal. Normally I'd prefer Son not playing against a low-level side but he could use some goals to boost his confidence and get him back on form and I do expect him to start.


Kwon Chang Hoon -- Was a very late scratch with a hamstring injury. We'll see how long he's out for.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Started but didn't score in a loss. Didn't get to watch this.

Lee Chung Yong -- A surprise appearance from LCY but didn't really get to do much. Not sure of what to make of his cameo to be honest. Hopefully a sign that he may get a bit more of a look, though I doubt it.

Lee Seung Woo -- Unused sub.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Wearing Augsburg's captain's armband for the first time, Koo was playing in his more advanced role despite Baier being out. That caused a lot of problems as their DMs were not good enough to control the middle and left Koo with less touches which were good but too limited to help Augsburg maintain their attack. That said, Augsburg somehow battled their way to a good point.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Weekend Preview Feb 24th and Midweek Recap Feb 20th

Thinking of cutting the cord post Olympics. We'll see how well it all works after.

Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@BrightonNBC Gold
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijonCaenNone
Saturday2:00 PMSuk Hyun JunTroyes@RennesBeIn Play
Sunday7:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceTottenhamNBCSN
Sunday7:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Crystal PalaceNBCSN
Sunday9:00 AMLee Seung WooHellas VeronaTorinoBeIn Play
Monday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@DortmundFox Sports 1

Ki Sung Yueng -- He should start Saturday with the biggest question being in which role.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I only saw a small bit but he looked a bit hyperactive and out of control. Quality at times but often undone by some inconsistent decision making. Like midweek, I'm unsure if he'll start but I'm leaning to yes.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on as a sub for a good 20+ minute stretch but I forgot he was fit and didn't see him play. We'll see if he's fit enough to start.

Lee Chung Yong -- Bench and maybe this is the weekend he gets to take the pitch for garbage time.

Son Heung Min -- After a poor showing last weekend and replay next week, Son could be on the bench this weekend but we'll see how Pochettino handles the multiple competitions and Lucas Moura's role.

Lee Seung Woo -- Probably bench.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Should start.