Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekend Recap March 10th

A lot of defensive action on Saturday but Son offsets that with fireworks on Sunday.

Koo Ja Cheol -- Koo played in a deeper role than previously, more as a CM than a 10, and was decent in that role with his usual combative play despite Augsburg spending much of the match in their own half. He did miss a chance to score with a header from pointblank range, but Augsburg took advantage of their few chances and somehow won easily.

Ki Sung Yueng -- Like Koo, but even more extreme as Swansea were reduced to ten men early and basically put most everyone in the box. Ki reflected his side's defense first approach and rarely got chances to go forward but did hustle to disrupt the opposition attack. He looked totally drained when subbed off in final minutes and the hard effort resulted in a decent point ahead of next week's FA cup match.

Lee Chung Yong -- Came on in the final ten minutes and despite me not paying too much attention, looked to be decent in the few chances to touch the ball.

Kwon Chang Hoon -- I only saw the second half and he was subbed off early. He looked to be fighting hard and well so a bit surprised but perhaps reflective of problems in the first half.

Suk Hyun Jun -- He came on in the final 20 minutes as Troyes in their search for goals in their relegation fight looked to their other forward from the start. Neither scored and Troyes remain in the relegation zone.

Lee Seung Woo -- An unused sub but a derby win keeps Verona's survival hopes alive.

Son Heung Min -- When Kane went off, things looked bad with Tottenham looking slow after last week's CL disappointment. Son was trying hard and doing ok in the first half, particularly starting off the attack that allowed Tottenham to level. Then Son upped his game in the second half, and proceeded to score a brace, first repeating his mishit goal from midweek with a volley off his shin for his first, then getting behind the defense and dribbling around GK for his second. While he's not a perfect #9, Son showed better ability to feed his teammates too and of course getting the goals to at least be a decent substitute while Kane is out. Another MOTM showing from Son who has emerged as an increasingly key player for Tottenham.