Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekend Preview Aug 19th and Recap Aug 12th

Didn't do a recap earlier this week because didn't watch too much... and not that much to watch anyway. But this week Bundesliga returns and so hopefully get to do some footy watchin.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday7:30 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaMan UtdNBCSN
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@HamburgFox Soccer Plus
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@HamburgFox Soccer Plus
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@LiverpoolNBCSN
Saturday2:00 PMKwon Chang HoonDijon@RennesNone
Sunday11:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamChelseaNBCSN

Ki Sung Yueng -- Out injured.

Ji Dong Won -- He's had some minor injuries but with Bobadilla now gone, I have to think they have to start pushing Ji back into action. Baum didn't rule him out either so we'll see but Ji is catching up after missing quite a bit of time with just limited running.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Was surprisingly left on the bench for the cup, and Augsburg got knocked out anyway. Reports were that Augsburg improved when he came on, but an embarrassing loss anyway. We'll see if Baum was treating the cup match as a friendly and use Koo from the start or if there's some longer duration issue for Koo to be on the bench (e.g. preference, health, etc).

Lee Chung Yong -- Made the bench last week and should do so this week with Zaha out injured. With the depth thinner, perhaps he gets some match minutes soon but don't think he will be thrown into starting XI.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Started and played 90. Reports that he did ok, but of course Dijon got clobbered. With more realistic opponents coming up, we will see what adjustments Dijon make to fix their defense and if that has an impact on KCH's role.

Son Heung Min -- Came on at an hour for an ineffective Sissoko. He looked a bit stiff to start and looked a bit tentative and protective of his arm, most noticeably when he went for a header awkwardly despite nobody else in the area. But his passes were pretty sharp until the late minutes and his run helped open the space for Alli's goal. He's not in the form of last season but it's early days and not too many alternatives for Pochettino.