Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekend Recap Apr 13th and Midweek Preview Apr 17th

My TV time didn't align too well with those who played so apologies for the sparser recaps on some, including a surprise amount of minutes for Lee Seung Woo.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham go to Brighton at 2:45 PM ET on NBCSN. Son was benched to my mild surprise, and while the failings were on defense, Lamela and Alli weren't good either and so it was a bit frustrating to see Son substituted later than one would like given situation. When Man City scored soon after he came on, the match was over. With the FA Cup semi next weekend and PL match midweek, one would normally would want Son rested for the bigger match. But it looks like Son will have to fight for his spot on Tuesday and hopefully get it done early.


Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo started off the match well as part of a DM pairing, but also helping in the attack with some great touches and passes. But when Moravek was sent off with a second yellow, Koo had to stay deeper and battle. It was hard watching a fairly ugly match but Koo worked hard and well.

Lee Chung Yong -- A big win but again Hodgson uses less than his three subs and nothing for LCY.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Ki returned to the starting XI and was bright to start with some good runs and passes. That said, the wasted chances for both Ki and Swansea felt like a warning for the eventual sucker punch before HT when an own goal undid all their hard work. Ki was the first subbed off in the second half as a striker was brought on, and perhaps reflects Carvahal's thinking of attacking capability of his CMs. That said, Ki was looking surprisingly tired which is worth keeping an eye on given his sketchy health recently.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I only watched touch video but KCH scored again, staying in good form, though his goal was aided by some suspect goalkeeping. He had some brilliant cross-field passes and a few bad passes as well. Hopefully he has a shorter adjustment period than Koo in terms of balancing risk and reward, speed and haste. I assume that his goalscoring form means that he should be given some leash over final few matches in terms of starting.

Lee Seung Woo -- A surprise appearance by LSW in a losing cause with about a half-hour of play. I had assumed that he wasn't going to play so didn't get to watch live, but on videos he looked exciting but also really sloppy. Given that he's a Barcelona product, you'd think his passes in attack would be more precise but they were really all over the place. But he did have some decent shots and dribbles so perhaps part of adjusting to speed of Serie A but the relegation fight isn't a great place to be adapting.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Too bad Suk's time at Troyes is really turning worse as he was an unused sub, but perhaps reflective of trying to keep a draw against a good side (which didn't work).