Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekend Recap Feb 10th and Weekend Preview Feb 16th

Europa knockouts start today so apologies for the late listings.  Good news is that Koo looks ready to return.

DayTime (ET)PlayerClubOpponentTV
Thursday1:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamGent (Europa)Fox Sports 1
Friday2:30 PMJi Dong WonAugsburgLeverkusenFox Sports 1
Friday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburgLeverkusenFox Sports 1
Saturday9:30 AMPark Joo HoDortmundWolfsburgFox Soccer Plus
Saturday11:00 AMKwon Chang HoonDijon@LyonBeIn Connect
Sunday9:00 AMSon Heung MinTottenham@Fulham (Cup)Fox Sports 1
Offn/aLee Chung YongCrystal Palace
Offn/aKi Sung YuengSwansea

Son Heung Min -- What a frustrating match as Tottenham was so awful in defense and the middle of the pitch that all their offensive players suffered. At times Son was the best threat as he often is vs Klopp with his pace being an effective counterattack vs Liverpool's aggressive play but Son couldn't finish his chances and was poor with the ball in other situations. But the chances to get touches on the ball were so small so hard to blame him more than any other attacker who also struggled.

We'll see how Pochettino lines up this week... I figure he will go stronger in Europa than FA Cup so it's possible that Son starts today and is on the bench next week. Of course, Poch may go back to five back system where Son goes to the bench as well today. Plenty of minutes this week and Son will have a hand in one but not sure which.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Bad news is that he missed out last weekend with ankle injury (I assume same one that has bothered him over past year), and Augsburg really missed his presence in the middle. The good news is that he's on pace to return. If he's healthy, he should start but not certain yet if he's 100%.

Ji Dong Won -- Moved back to a central role, like Son, Ji suffered for problems in the buildup as he was reduced to a target man for deep balls. He was otherwise invisible and was taken off at HT. With Koo coming back and Finnbogason coming near, Ji will have to start re-earning his spot in the starting XI but I think he will this weekend.

Park Joo Ho -- Not in squad and probably not this weekend either but haven't been keeping tabs of what happening.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- A disappointing unused sub, maybe he gets his debut this weekend.

Lee Chung Yong -- Left off squad again but also not to blame for another sad loss.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Remains out with knee injury. Hopefully extended break due to being out of FA Cup means that his return is close.