Monday, October 25, 2021

Midweek Preview Oct 26 and Recap Oct 21

Sigh, midweek activity pushes up my timeline and not a very exciting weekend.

Tuesday2:45 PMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgOsnabruck (Cup)None
Tuesday2:45 PMLee Jae SungMainzArminia Bielefeld (Cup)ESPN3
Wednesday12:30 PMSeo Jong MinDynamo DresdenSt Pauli (Cup)None
Wednesday12:30 PMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@Leverkusen (Cup)ESPN3
Wednesday1:00 PMLee Kang InMallorcaSevillaESPN+
Wednesday2:45 PMSon Heung MinTottenham@Burnley (Cup)ESPN+

Jeong Woo Yeong-- A quiet showing as he played near 80, but didn't have a large impact on the match despite a few slight tweaks to his role from winger to second forward and even a bit deeper as needed to help out the defense.

Lee Jae Sung-- Started and played over an hour but Mainz were on cruise control most of the match and LJS' contributions were limited to a bit of decent pressing from RCM role. The match wasn't really flowing to him and his defense did have a few holes. A decent chance to start midweek in a freeroll. 

Seo Jong Min-- An unused sub.

Choi Kyoung Rok-- CKR played just shy of 80 minutes in a loss. Good chance of starting with Karlsruher in a safe enough spot to gamble.

Lee Kang In-- Managing to be both the highlight and bottom of the weekend where LKI showed a bit of his youth and over-eagerness to impress vs. his former club. LKI flashed strongest for the first goal, dribbling through several defenders and sending in a good cross for a near tap in. Carrying a yellow, albeit a soft one, LKI showed his immaturity when he went far too aggressively to recover from a heavy first touch and got a second yellow before an hour. Unfortunately, that appears to have been a large factor in letting Valencia return to level the match. Should be suspended midweek I believe.

Son Heung Min-- First, Son stayed home for the midweek UCL match to rest up for the West Ham match. In that, Tottenham looked fluid at times in the first half but Tottenham continued to crack defensively under pressure and stumbled toward the finish line after. The lack of playmaking from the midfield caused Son to have to play deeper though his best and worst moment came when he had a fast and long one-two which left him free but could only shoot weakly into GK's body. Tottenham don't look an awful team but the many flaws, including the absence of playmakers and questionable defense continue to impair any run up the table. Normally a cup would be sacrificial lamb but Nuno will want a win especially after midweek 2nd team failure so decent chance of Son starting or least coming on early.

Hwang Ui Jo-- Out with injury despite some rumors that he might be able to come on.

Suk Hyun Jun-- Came on late as a time wasting sub in a win vs. his former club.

Park Kyu Hyun-- With reserves and will likely take him out until he makes his debut.

Hwang Hee Chan-- Hwang again came through with another goal, jumping onto a deflected ball in the box to score and continue his strong scoring form. Unfortunately, Wolves were very soft in the middle and as a result, Hwang spent much of his time trying to play as an auxiliary wingback to mixed results. Certainly he has the strength and pace but is a pretty limited one on one defender. Not too many other chances going forward but would have hoped for more contributions in their chances.