Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekend Preview Nov 26th and Midweek Recap Nov 22nd

Wow that was a poor showing from Son and more bad news today as Ki has been ruled out for 2-3 weeks as he deals with a broken toe, Koo confirmed to at least be out for two weeks, and Pardew blaming LCY for the loss.  Sigh.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Saturday9:30 AMJi Dong WonAugsburg@KoelnFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday9:30 AMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@KoelnFox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmund@Eintracht FrankfurtFox Sports 2
Saturday9:30 AMKim Jin SuHoffenheim@GladbachFox Deportes
Saturday10:00 AMLee Chung YongCrystal Palace@SwanseaNBC Extra Time
Saturday10:00 AMKi Sung YuengSwanseaCrystal PalaceNBC Extra Time
Saturday12:30 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@ChelseaNBC

Ji Dong Won -- He's been limited in training but given that he played 90 on the weekend, I think he should start this weekend.  Augsburg need offense and Ji might have to do it alone given problems implementing offensive scheme with all the injuries.

Koo Ja Cheol -- He was delayed returning from international duty as they didn't want complications from severe muscle injury, and Schuster said that he would be back only in the best case case in two weeks so don't expect him for a while.

Park Joo Ho -- Don't expect him to play.

Kim Jin Su -- Or him either.

Lee Chung Yong -- Pardew blamed LCY for not communicating instructions clearly to Wickham and letting the defender score last weekend.  I don't think it changes the pecking order too much given his little use and lack of alternatives so I expect him to remain on the bench.

Ki Sung Yueng -- As stated above, he's out with a broken toe for a couple weeks.

Son Heung Min -- That was bad Son this week.  Yes his pace and quickness created much of the opportunities for Tottenham, but his touch completely escaped him.  Early in the match he worked himself free but totally messed up his one on one with GK as his move fooled nobody.  This seemed to cause Son to mentally collapse as every touch was too heavy and every pass inaccurate.  Awful.  He wasn't the reason they lost (horrendous defending), but a huge concern ahead of Chelsea this weekend.  I suspect he'll be on the bench but other Tottenham attackers weren't much better so we'll see what Pochettino puts together in a huge match for the PL title and only bigger now that Tottenham is out of CL.