Monday, April 2, 2018

Weekend Recap March 30th

Recap of the weekends action. No strong feelings to summarize weekend.

Lee Chung Yong -- Remains an unused sub.

Lee Seung Woo -- Also an unused sub.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Started off as a second striker, but then moved to CM, DM, then 10 and then back to DM with injuries to Baier and various tactical shifts Baum did to absorb Leverkusen pressure. Koo had a few big errors and errant passes but he made up for it with lots of effort and providing that bit of class in getting the ball forward. While I had hoped he'd grow into a better DM this season, he's at least good enough to provide that flexibility that Augsburg need.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Looked a bit mentally off, as he was running around hard but often took bad positions and took bad lines to get to the ball. Offensively he was ok, but there wasn't too much opportunity to build an attack and so was taken off at HT. For now, chalking this one up to getting Ki some rest after KNT duty and an off day in a lost cause and with Clucas injured, Ki will have to step up in last seven matches.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Came on with twenty minutes and scored, leveling the match before Dijon imploded for two goals. I didn't get to watch this one.

Son Heung Min -- Again struggling as a CF against a backline that didn't let him get behind, Son saw what he would face when he first received the ball and was closed in by three Chelsea defenders. His best asset as a CF is getting behind the defense and without that, Son struggled to have any impact. In the second half, Poch moved him out to RW and immediately we saw Son cause a lot more damage, with a great shot in his favorite spot just outside the box and then on the counterattack taking advantage of the width to burst through and shooting which Alli would score on the rebound. Yes, Son shoulda passed off there given tight angle, but a scorer will take those chances but he will wish he had done better with his shot. That said, I am still upset at Shin Tae Yong saying he's concerned about Tottenham overworking Son and then using him for all but 20 minutes of meaningless friendlies. If Son were fresher, perhaps he could have had a bit more of an impact.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on for last twenty but didn't get to see. It looks like the CF hierarchy is fairly set but with Troyes still stuck in relegation zone, perhaps he gets another look soon.