Monday, March 1, 2021

Midweek Preview Mar 3 and Weekend Recap Feb 26

Fairly heavy midweek schedule at this point in the season.

In full disclosure, I am setting up monetization (aka ads) in the coming weeks. I do not expect to make any money on this endeavor but its more of a curiosity to understand the economics of blogging a bit better. I will likely turn it off after 2 cents are earned.

Wednesday12:30 PMLee Jae SungHolstein KielRot-Weiss Essen (Cup)ESPN3
Wednesday1:45 PMHwang Hee ChanLeipzigWolfsburg (Cup)ESPN3
Wednesday3:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxPSGBeIN
Wednesday3:00 PMYun Il LokMontpellierLorientBeIN Play
Thursday1:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@FulhamPeacock

Lee Jae Sung-- Apparently had a tougher match as a false 9 but Kiel still get the win and remain in a tie for top of the league. Given progress so far in the cup, I'd expect LJS to start even against a lower division opponent.

Hwang Hee Chan-- An unused sub last weekend who will be looking for a chance midweek. Perhaps it will be as a sub but maybe his window of opportunity has came and went.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Played 90 but more of the same with the static Bordeaux offense not able to do much to involve Hwang and Hwang not contributing much when the ball comes. Hwang's lack of pace and  weakness in the air meant that Hwang was of limited use. He did have a small hand in the goal, getting onto a cross that eventually would be shot in. Should start with lack of alternatives.

Yun Il Lok-- An unused sub on the weekend and likely again midweek.

Son Heung Min-- With Mourinho putting out a very attacking XI and reaping the results with a large win, it makes his insistence most of the season on lineups with only two attackers and subbing defenders on with anything resembling a lead all the more frustrating. With all the attackers, Tottenham had an interesting wrinkle with Son using pace to play the role that Kane had played in the air much of the season, facilitating the attack for those running in behind. Positioned generally out a bit wider and deeper, Son did pretty well in his pseudo-playmaking role, with two very good assists. His finishing was not great but it wasn't needed and he could similarly complain about what should have been more assists from his teammates missing great chances that he created. Should start.

Paik Seung Ho-- Remains in transfer limbo.

Ji Dong Won-- Started and played for about an hour. Given that he was first sub, didn't sound like a great showing. Hopefully just running into a bit of a wall that he can push through.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Came on as a sub for final 8 minutes.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Still out injured.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Choi Kyoung Rok the hero again, scoring the winning goal but having to be subbed for what was later termed a minor injury after 70 or so. The manager said that Choi was having a poor first half so good for CKR to find a way to keep Karlsruhe in the promotion hunt.

Lee Kang In-- I thought about turning off the DVR watch knowing that Valencia would lose and do so down to 10 men. LKI was pretty invisible for the first twenty minutes and was getting bored with so much to catch upon. But LKI started to really impact the match with great dribbling, a much better work rate than the start of the season and being a focal point in the buildup. Of course, Valencia's play was pretty poor and LKI's influence waxed and waned depending on Valencia's ability to have any possession at all, but a pretty good showing in a tough scenario.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Weekend Preview Feb 26 and Midweek Recap Feb 24

Schedule conflicts mean that I won't be able to watch most live.

Friday12:30 PMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@DarmstadtNone
Friday12:30 PMPaik Seung HoDarmstadtKarlsruherNone
Saturday7:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeauxMetzBeIN Play
Saturday7:00 AMLee Jae SungHolstein KielAueNone
Saturday12:30 PMHwang Hee ChanLeipzigGladbachESPN+
Saturday3:00 PMLee Kang InValencia@GetafeBeIN
Sunday7:30 AMJi Dong WonEintracht Braunschweig@NurnbergNone
Sunday9:00 AMYun Il LokMontpellier@ReimsNone
Sunday9:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamBurnleyNBCSN
Sunday12:00 PMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@LeverkusenESPN+
Sunday12:00 PMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@LeverkusenESPN+

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Should continue to start.

Paik Seung Ho-- Remains in limbo and thought about removing him for the time being but was easy to update this week.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Should start with lack of alternatives.

Lee Jae Sung-- Likely the first name on the teamsheet.

Hwang Hee Chan-- I'm not sure how Nagelsmann will balance league vs. cup midweek but a decent chance for HHC to maybe get a shot off the bench.

Lee Kang In-- Rare optimism for a start. Finally watched the match and the big differences was his willingness to sacrifice his body more: running a bit harder (close to a few scoring chances), take on fouls, and press hard. He continues to amaze with a disproportionately large number of his passes being key passes and really had a great day dribbling. 

Ji Dong Won-- Should start. 

Yun Il Lok-- Bench warming at best

Son Heung Min-- Rested with large aggregate score and wasn’t needed. Will start. 

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Seems his starting is tied to formation but leaning toward a start. 

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Maybe returns to squad but unlikely to have a large role after such a long absence. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Midweek Preview Feb 24 and Weekend Recap Feb 19

Trying to catch up on watching but given the issues in Texas over past ten days, I didn't see much live and not sure what I'll get to.


Son Heung Min -- Tottenham "host" Wolfsburger at 12 PM on CBS All Access. I didn't watch and not sure I will before Wednesday but it sounded better than last PL but still problematic. Mourinho made it sound like it will be a similar lineup so maybe he'll get a start with the hope for a quick sub off but in either case, looking for a goal to get his confidence up.


Ji Dong Won -- Started and played 88 minutes. Seems to have done well in a win even though he didn't score.

Paik Seung Ho -- Waiting in Korea for quarantine and potential transfer issues to resolve. Its looking quite unpleasant with Paik in limbo.

Jeong Woo Yeong -- Came on as a sub with 25 minutes left. Didn't get too much in the way of touches with opposition willing to foul and scrap in defense. And foul they did when Jeong created a decent chance, flicking ball past last defender, before being tackled in violent fashion that was on the line for a red card.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- Still out injured.

Lee Kang In -- Started and apparently had a superb match... I only saw the first 20 and a couple highlights, particularly his assist for the winning goal where he threaded the ball beautifully. He was dribbling great and seemed to be allowed to dictate the buildup more which allowed him to have a greater positive influence.

Yun Il Lok -- Made the squad but really far down depth chart as he remained an unused sub.

Choi Kyoung Rok -- Can't be a superhero every week though he did play 90 and did ok from reports.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Started but didn't sound good for Hwang between lack of service and not being able to hold up the ball as needed. Was subbed off at 78'.

Hwang Hee Chan -- Got a surprise start and almost had a major impact right away, beating the offside trap but hooking his shot just wide of the post. He also had a good chance before being subbed off around the hour mark, unfortunately choosing to deflect a cross wide of goal rather than striking it at target. It was otherwise a much more mixed day, with the rough pitch taking away some of his speed and HHC himself at fault for some errant passing on top of his misses. I think he showed what Leipzig may be missing in terms of pace and explosiveness but he didn't convince that he can provide that.

Lee Jae Sung -- What an awful loss for Kiel who dominated and probably should have won by five goals and yet found a way to lose with an own goal. LJS did not have his shooting boots on and missed several golden chances as did his teammates. It was disappointing as he was playing really well despite changing positions throughout the match and would have topped the table had they won.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Weekend Preview Feb 19 and Midweek Recap Feb 16

Was out of power, internet and water much of the week so doing my best here.

Friday12:30 PMJi Dong WonEintracht BraunschweigJahn RegensburgNone
Saturday7:00 AMPaik Seung HoDarmstadt@St PauliNone
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgUnion BerlinESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburgUnion BerlinESPN+
Saturday12:30 PMLee Kang InValenciaCelta VigoBeIN
Sunday7:00 AMYun Il LokMontpellierRennesBeIN Xtra
Sunday7:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@West HamPeacock
Sunday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherNurnbergNone
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@NimesBeIN Play
Sunday9:30 AMHwang Hee ChanLeipzig@Hertha BerlinESPN+
Monday2:30 PMLee Jae SungHolstein Kiel@FurthESPN+

Ji Dong Won-- Should start.

Paik Seung Ho-- Seems he's headed off to Korea shortly so about to be removed and certainly won't play before going.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Likely to start but I haven't kept close tabs on news due to power/internet.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Returned to training but sounds still a week or two away.

Lee Kang In-- I have no idea what Gracia's plans for LKI are but I'm still pessimistic on minutes at this point in the season.

Yun Il Lok-- Perhaps there's a chance that Yun returns to Korea too given his absence from squads.

Son Heung Min-- Didn't have to do much to do with Tottenham dominating possession, but still scored the first, diving onto a low cross from Bale and heading it nicely past the GK. Was thankfully taken off at HT so should be fresh to start.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Should start after his heroics last week.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Likely to start with lack of alternatives.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Played twenty or so. Haven't watched as was in peak of bad times for me, but will hopefully catch up today. Maybe a sub showing.

Lee Jae Sung-- Will start.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Midweek Preview Feb 16 and Weekend Recap Feb 12

More bad than good this weekend. And we'll see how much I can watch this week with power outages here.


Hwang Hee Chan-- Leipzig "hosted" Liverpool -- Hwang Hee Chan did come on as a sub with 20ish minutes left after being an unused sub.


Son Heung Min-- Tottenham go "to" Wolfsberger at 12:55 PM on CBS All Access -- Tottenham were not playing well and every change made things worse as Mourinho tried to plug in holes in behind rather than trouble Man City at all. Son looked quite tired, losing races to loose balls for example, but did work hard, particularly on the defensive end. 


Lee Jae Sung-- Kiel keeps promotion chase alive with a win. LJS played 90.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- I've mentioned that CKR's minutes have been despite a lack of final product but that turned around this weekend: an assist and a brace to turn around a two goal deficit to a win. Heroic stuff but sadly I didn't get to see.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Jeong started but it was a difficult match for Freiburg. Lack of offensive fluidity from the side and Jeong wasn't helping with his old habits of too much risk-taking in his passing.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Missed with injury but returned to training this week so hopefully a week or two from a return.

Yun Il Lok-- An unused sub.

Paik Seung Ho-- Frustratingly also remains an unused sub for whatever reasons.

Ji Dong Won-- Apparently missed a penalty but did play almost 80 minutes. Apparently a bit of a step down from his warm start to the loan.

Lee Kang In-- LKI did come on with 25 minutes or so. He had some nice touches but looks lost playing on the wings and gave up the ball too easily under physical pressure. Apparently the first half was miserable so maybe a sign that Gracia is starting to rethink things with Valencia only three points off the drop zone.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Again, a tough day... even though Bordeaux had a fair amount of possession, the ball was often lost in the final third with selfish dribbling and predictable motions from the wingers. As I've mentioned, it can be feast or famine for a CF in this situation and Hwang did miss a very good chance to score. Even though there was a lot of difficulty left to do, memories might linger on a day with so few chances.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Weekend Preview Feb 12 and Midweek Recap Feb 9

Stay warm and safe.

Friday12:30 PMLee Jae SungHolstein KielWurzburgerNone
Friday2:30 PMHwang Hee ChanLeipzigAugsburgESPN+
Saturday7:00 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruherSandhausenNone
Saturday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburg@Werder BremenESPN+
Saturday9:30 AMKwon Chang HoonFreiburg@Werder BremenESPN+
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Man CityNBC
Saturday3:00 PMYun Il LokMontpellier@LyonBeIN Xtra
Sunday7:30 AMPaik Seung HoDarmstadtOsnabruckNone
Sunday7:30 AMJi Dong WonEintracht Braunschweig@BochumNone
Sunday10:15 AMLee Kang InValencia@Real MadridBeIN
Sunday3:00 PMHwang Ui JoBordeauxMarseilleBeIN Play

Lee Jae Sung-- Should start.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Will be waiting for garbage time minutes.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Should start.

Jeong Woo Yeong-- Given showing last week, should start.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Out with injury.

Son Heung Min-- Started on a day when Tottenham had one of better offensive showings... but struggled to score at first, and Son was certainly part of that problem. Nonetheless, Son contributed a lot with assists from corners which were spot on most of the day. And his third assist was beautiful, with a small move to get a bit of space and launching an inch perfect cross for Kane to knock in. While their defensive problems were glaring, it was good to see them fight and produce some goals even if they were knocked out of the FA Cup. Have to see how playing every minute including extra time will impact Saturday availability, but I suspect that Son will start.

Yun Il Lok-- Made the bench in a small upgrade but no minutes.

Paik Seung Ho-- Likely on the bench and not sure what's behind him not playing but hopefully at least get some sub minutes.

Ji Dong Won-- Should start.

Lee Kang In-- Seems Real Madrid would be an unlikely place for LKI to feature at all.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Came on a sub with 30 minutes left or so but it sounded dire and Bordeaux crash out of the cup.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Midweek Preview Feb 9 and Weekend Recap Feb 6

More midweek action as cup action takes the spotlight.

Wednesday8:45 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@Strasbourg (Cup)None
Wednesday8:45 AMYun Il LokMontpellierToulouse (Cup)None
Wednesday3:15 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Everton (Cup)ESPN+

Hwang Ui Jo-- As I mentioned last week, the life of a CF in this side and system can be frustrating with chances for touches being rare, let alone quality scoring opportunities. It wasn't great until an hour into the match when Hwang made a smart run on a long ball and took advantage of a bad turn by the defender and scraped the ball inside the post despite his shot being scuffed and mishit. Oddly subbed off right after scoring and Bordeaux finally caved on the defensive end to a loss. I don't know how seriously Gasset will take the midweek match, but I'd expect to see HUJ start given early sub off.

Yun Il Lok-- Left out of squad which isn't great news ahead of what might have been a decent chance for minutes. Not expecting much if he does make the squad. A weird turn for Yun.

Son Heung Min-- It always helps to face a relegation candidate when you're struggling for confidence though Tottenham have struggled against such "easy" opposition before. Though a lot of the brighter performance was rightfully attributed to Kane's return or the caliber of opponent, I also think adding extra attackers was just as impactful. As for Son himself, with all the attackers he was more of a playmaker for better and for worse, with one good chance where he didn't quite get all of it but otherwise a bit quiet in the box. But as he's done often this season, Son found a way to score which was mostly about running at full speed almost the full length of the pitch and still finding the energy to put in a quality finish. But back on the teammate aspect, was really helped by a great Kane touch and an outstanding run by Lucas as well. I'd suspect that Mourinho has this cup ranked lowest on his priorities but they will want to keep positive momentum into Man City. I'm leaning to a start but would prefer him rested.

Paik Seung Ho-- An unused sub in what has been a strange season for Paik between being part of the offensive core to completely unused. I imagine its due to Darmstadt's defensive problems but you would think he would come on for final minutes when they were trailing.

Ji Dong Won-- Scored a nice goal and apparently had a good match even if it was another disappointing result for his side. 

Jeong Woo Yeong-- I thought his opportunity had gone last week but with Sallai still out, Streich went again with Jeong who rewarded him with a great goal, with a touch to control then a rocket with his left foot just inside the post. Jeong was having a good showing before the goal, with a lot more maturity in his play: more willing to play the simple pass and more intelligent with his positioning and movement. It wasn't a surprise to hear commentators mention how well he was exploiting the space just outside the box... where he scored his goal. If there was a complaint, it was a mishit shot earlier from a similar spot which did force the GK to fumble the save but was in itself not a great shot. Jeong was subbed off after 70 after a very good showing.

Kwon Chang Hoon-- Still out injured. 

Lee Jae Sung-- Started off as a tidy but unremarkable showing for the first half, playing as a left midfielder. Then before halftime, Lee pushed up a bit further and chipped in a great throughball for Kiel's striker who was fouled for a PK that led to the first goal. Sensing blood, LJS was moved to a more attacking role for the second half. Soon, LJS demanded the ball to start the counter and set the ball forward to the winger, and a good return cross in found LJS. Though his first stab at the ball was saved, LJS was able to knock in the rebound for Kiel's second goal. And so it was for the rest of the match with LJS playing band-aid to any issues, and spent much of the final minutes at RM. Kiel's promotion push stays alive and a lot can be attributed to LJS. 

Choi Kyoung Rok-- Played 90 again in a scoreless draw.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Came on with 7 minutes left with Leipzig in control vs. bottom of the table Schalke. He had a decent chance to score but he got a bit too on top of the header and it was saved. Hwang showed some good pace and energy so hopefully leading to more meaningful chances.

Lee Kang In-- An usused sub and it feels like another season will be wasted. I can't believe we're in this situation.