Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Weekend Preview Nov 20 and Recap Nov 6

International break comes and goes and there went most of my memory having forgotten to write my notes down. I'll do my best to piece together my recollection.
Warning that I will be out of the country for a bit over a week... I may or may not update this blog during this time and what I do post may be limited to factual data.

Also good to see KNT take a large step to WC qualification with 6 points and should be able to wrap it up in the next round of matches.

Saturday10:00 AMHwang Hee ChanWolverhamptonWest HamUSA
Sunday7:30 AMSeo Jong MinDynamo DresdenFortuna DusseldorfNone
Sunday7:30 AMChoi Kyoung RokKarlsruher@IngolstadtNone
Sunday9:00 AMHwang Ui JoBordeaux@MetzBeIN Play
Sunday9:00 AMSuk Hyun JunTroyesSt EtienneBeIN
Sunday9:30 AMJeong Woo YeongFreiburgEintracht FrankfurtESPN+
Sunday11:30 AMLee Jae SungMainzCologneESPN+
Sunday11:30 AMSon Heung MinTottenhamLeedsNBCSN
Monday3:00 PMLee Kang InMallorcaRayo VallecanoESPN+

Seo Jong Min -- Came on as a late sub but reports were that he wasn't able to make an impact.

Park Kyu Hyun -- I'm letting him drop from this lineup as there's no sign of first team and an injury can't be helping things.

Lee Jae Sung -- A very strong Lee Jae Sung performance as he was everywhere on the pitch, helping in the buildup, willing to be the target man for long balls, and creating danger in the final third. While there's a lot of imprecision to his play still, LJS showing that he can contribute at the top tier and provide something different than the rest of Mainz' squad. International duty may push him to the bench this weekend but could still start and will certainly come on as a sub if not.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Came on with 30 to go but the match looked well over apparently as Troyes were down by 4. Likely to continue to be a sub option. With January window coming close, it remains to be seen what it looks like 

Jeong Woo Yeong -- A difficult match on paper but Freiburg fought hard, particularly over the first 30 minutes of the match and Jeong was playing well in the limited amounts of touches he had. His pace worked well in causing problems for Bayern's back line and he showed that pace on defense, harassing Sane enough to force him to pass out. Going full tilt appeared to be primary reason for his subbing off as he started to make some larger mistakes as the match wore on. With an extra day of rest from international travel, a decent chance to start again.

Hwang Hee Chan -- I watched only some of this but Wolves didn't look effective in attack that I saw. Hwang was certainly trying but things weren't breaking for him nor was the quality elsewhere. And certainly Hwang's biggest problem now is creating danger by himself. Maybe given international demands this is when Hwang gets changed out to give Traore a chance in a more advanced role but still a strong chance of starting.

Choi Kyoung Rok -- Played most of the match in a draw.

Hwang Ui Jo -- Out injured.

Son Heung Min -- Had a difficult time impacting the match as Everton was controlling much of the play. Looking back on my tweets, I didn't post much and knowing I was watching, seems he didn't do much of note. Should start and hopefully gets some rest after heavy international load.

Lee Kang In -- I had expected the worst given his subbing off, but I was pleasantly surprised to see LKI playing some quality football with some great dribbles and shots. The  next step for him is to start to raise the level of play of his teammates as it feels a bit of going it alone but the talent is there and should start this weekend.