Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Recap April 15th

Son keeps shining, Ki gets a chance, but plenty of bad news as well this weekend.

Son Heung Min -- Son stays on fire, scoring yet another goal, though he probably should have scored two or more. As Pochettino must be considering going back to three man backline and dropping Son for Wanyama, Son has kept putting in goals and preventing Poch from making the switch.  While still prone to slow thinking and the occasional bad touch, Son is making up for it with some good shooting, playmaking and consistent running. He also setup Janssen's goal. It is all good timing with Chelsea slipping up and letting Tottenham back into the race, albeit with few matches left.

With the FA Cup this weekend, perhaps Poch will drop Son so that he has fresh legs midweek and to match Chelsea's formation but it will be hard to drop Son in this form.

Ji Dong Won -- Was a sub but a huge win for Augsburg as they now have a gap to automatic relegation spots and are within a point of 3 other teams for safety. Ji didn't have to do much offensively and all the goals were scored by defenders but for once, Augsburg looked to have gotten something resembling an offense without Ji in XI. But with Koo's injury, another shuffle is likely so we'll see how Baum lines em up this weekend.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Playing in the CM role, he helped provide the missing link between defense and attack. Unfortunately, he picked up two cheap yellows, and on the second, hurt his knee in a very awkward landing. It looked bad on replay, but Augsburg haven't ruled him out for the season just yet but he won't be back for a while yet, and what was an annoying habit of getting cheap fouls has turned into a problem. He was lucky to only get a yellow earlier in the match, and going up with boots towards faces isn't smart play.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Got a chance to start but he'll feel like he wasted it. He wasn't the worst CM on the pitch but he really struggled to have any impact on the match. He had moments, such as his nice work to get himself free in the box for Swansea's best attack, but that was matched with frustration such as his weak shot at GK in that same sequence. For every nice driving run or pass he made, he also had several poor crosses. It was a poor Swansea display, that looked like a team coming off a short week for an early stage cup match rather than a team fighting for survival in last weeks of season, and Ki was equally disappointing.

Park Joo Ho -- Nothing.

Lee Chung Yong -- Nothing.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Missed with injury.