Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekend Recap Dec 9th and Midweek Preview Dec 12th

Of course I have work travel on Wednesday. We'll see if/when I get to watch.

Tuesday3:00 PMLee Chung YongCrystal PalaceWatfordNBC Gold
Wednesday2:30 PMJi Dong WonAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 2
Wednesday2:30 PMKoo Ja CheolAugsburg@SchalkeFox Sports 2
Wednesday2:45 PMKi Sung YuengSwanseaMan CityNBCSN
Wednesday3:00 PMSon Heung MinTottenhamBrightonNBC Gold
Offn/aKwon Chang HoonDijon
Offn/aLee Seung WooHellas Verona
Offn/aSuk Hyun JunTroyes

Lee Chung Yong -- Still out injured.

Ji Dong Won -- An unused sub and probably the same again midweek.

Koo Ja Cheol -- A lot more assertive than prior weeks but it worked both ways as there were some really boneheaded passes lost in dangerous areas when he tried to do too much. But he also was a presence in attack for once and his flexible positioning from 6 to 8 to 10 helped Augsburg adjust to the flow of the match. With short rest, we'll see if Baum goes with Khedira but Koo could start for sure.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Clement had a weird scheme to get Ki all the way up in possession, ostensibly to get Ki more involved in offense and provide another heading target to pair with Bony. The reality was that Ki can't make plays when covered in the box. In the first half, this dual role resulted in a fairly flat Ki but he picked things up when he moved to a more traditional role in the second half.

Son Heung Min -- Son's on fire and facing an inexperienced defender only kept the momentum rolling. Son caused danger all day, both on the break and on the dribble. Though Tottenham continued to start sluggishly, Son took on the burden of attack and was rewarded when a sharp cross was turned in for an own goal. He followed that up with a nice breakaway goal, and then assisted Eriksen with a great through pass. For the second straight season, Son has carried the team through its slow period, and though things will get trickier time-wise when things start clicking, Son has made a strong case to keep getting the call and as such, I'd expect him to start midweek.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I joined fifteen minutes late but then things went so bad with Haddadi getting a red card and then KCH being pulled for tactical switch shortly after. This makes no sense to take off your best player so early and of course with the heart of the offense taken out, Dijon would go on to lose by four. Maybe KCH needed a rest anyway but it seemed a cowardly move... not like they were facing PSG.

Lee Seung Woo -- Unused sub.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Another Korean on fire, and when things are going well, it seems bounces go your way as it did twice for Suk this weekend, getting gifted two chances that he converted, first with a rebound falling to his feet, and second when GK clearance hit him on the chest. Unfortunately, two was not enough and Troyes would lose.