Thursday, December 4, 2014

Recap and Schedule for Dec 5th

Not a bad midweek with Yun healthy enough to play 90 and Ki finally scoring at Liberty Stadium for the first time.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Friday2:30 PMJi Dong WonDortmundHoffenheimGolTV
Friday2:30 PMKim Jin SuHoffenheim@DortmundGolTV
Saturday9:30 AMHong Jeong HoAugsburg@KolnNone
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongBolton@ReadingNone
Saturday10:00 AMKim Bo KyungCardiff CityRotherhamNone
Saturday10:00 AMYun Suk YoungQPRBurnleyNBC Extra Time
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinBayer Leverkusen@Bayern MunichGolTV
Sunday8:30 AMKi Sung YuengSwansea@West HamNBCSN
Sunday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolMainz@HamburgGolTV
Sunday9:30 AMPark Joo HoMainz@HamburgGolTV
Monday3:00 PMSuk Hyun JunCD NacionalMaritimoNone

Ji looks to have had a setback from injury and remains out of training.

Kim Jin Su was electric in his start, getting a great assist by running up the flanks at full bore and threading the needle with his cross for an easy tap in goal.  He was stronger going forward than back, but he was also very good on the defensive end... though he had a few lapses that may be reflective of getting back his match sharpness after injury break.  He made Bundesliga's fan team of the week, Kicker's team of the week, and WhoScored's Euro team of the week.  I think that's probably a good sign that he will start this weekend.

Hong Jeong Ho came on as a defensive sub again late in the match and will continue to be the defensive sub option.

Lee Chung Yong continued his good run of form as Bolton continued to improve their point tally with a win.  He should start again.

Kim Bo Kyung had two assists... for the reserve team.  He played 60 minutes which may be a good sign that he will be considered as an option to fill in for Pilkington's injury.  I think that he will at least make the bench.

Yun Suk Young was healthy enough to start and go the ninety.  I havent watched the first half yet but he was ok in the time I watched.  He's very good in one on one situations, but he does tend to make mistakes tracking the wide attackers and gives up a bit too much space in general, allowing crosses to come in from his side.  That said, he's got good speed to cover the frequent errors on the QPR back line, and hopefully Burnley will give him the ability to go forward a bit more.  He should start.

Son Heung Min had a good assist, shielding the ball from the defender and working it to Drmic for the goal.  Leverkusen as a whole were quite sloppy in the first half before things came together in an explosive second half.  Schmidt has really moved him around a lot during the match and hopefully that helps him develop his playmaking ability.  He should start.

Ki Sung Yueng had the crucial goal to open the scoring.  With the more defensively-capable Britton playing aside, he was free to move forward a bit more than usual, and it paid off when he was positioned on the left just off the defender, received the ball, and shot from a very tight angle for the goal.  He also was one of the driving forces (again only watched 2nd half) pushing the ball forward through the center.  He should start again this weekend.

Koo Ja Cheol's Mainz got destroyed by a clinical Schalke.  He had a horrible miss, with the ball coming to his feet a few yards away from the goal and yet failing to score.  He made up for it later, with a key pass that opened up the defense for Okazaki's goal.  He had a hard time exerting his influence after as Schalke started to dominate possession and the match.  He should start.

Park Joo Ho was fairly invisible before having to come off with an ankle sprain.  I still think that he's fairly limited as a DM as he lacks the vision to distribute the ball well.  Perhaps that will come with time but its still a learning curve for him as he showed with a bad backpass that was fortunate to fall to Koo rather than a Schalke attacker.  The injury looked pretty bad live but he was back to training and may start if healthy.

Suk Hyun Jun continues to start though he did not score a goal and was substituted after 75 minutes.