Suwon Samsung has changed. The key is defense.
Suwon, led by coach Kim Byung-soo, lost 2-3 in a home game against Ulsan Hyundai in the 14th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 21st. Suwon (8 points), which remained at the bottom, slightly widened the gap with 11th place Ulsan (11 points) to 3 points.
After coach Kim took office, Suwon won 1 win and 2 losses. Aside from the results, there is a clear difference. Director Kim said, “It is difficult to make big changes. I will look for small changes,” he said. “I try to play simply. I hope the set piece will be my strength,” he said.
This is because it is judged that sudden changes can confuse the players. Suwon placed Yeom Ki-hoon in the front and gave him the role of owning the ball. Naturally, Ahn Byung-jun plans to arrange his stamina while concentrating on counterattacks rather than competing with the opposing defender. In the second half, we look for change by investing resources such as Lee Sang-min, Kim Tae-hwan, and Jung Seung-won, who are active and play full of fighting.
The attack development is rather simple, but it has conciseness. The process of deploying a counterattack has changed to become more efficient. In addition, one of Suwon’s strengths is the set piece using Lee Ki-je, who has a powerful left-footed kick. Lee Ki-je was involved in 3 of the 4 goals scored after taking over as manager Kim. Ahn Byung-Jun is also showing a high level of concentration in the set-piece, even though he has some regrets in the header competition. This is the reason why Suwon considerably bothered Ulsan, who was running at the forefront.
Ultimately, the key is defense. Suwon has conceded 24 goals in 14 matches. It is second in the league for the most goals, following Suwon FC (27 goals). There are so many flaws. Ulsan Kim Young-gwon’s mid-range shot, which scored the second goal, was under pressure from the front line for a moment. The third goal in the 40th minute of the second half was due to a mistake. Although he is not a professional defender, Sang-min Lee failed to clear the ball properly in the penalty box, and an unreasonable tackle led to a penalty kick. Lee Sang-min shed tears after the game and blamed himself, and coach Kim embraced Lee Sang-min. 스포츠토토
Not only against Ulsan, but the last minute conceding in the second half is a chronic problem for Suwon. Fortunately, since coach Kim took the baton, the team has not collapsed at once after conceding a goal. Coach Kim chose a three-back instead of a four-back and is building a defensive line centered on Han Ho-gang. Park Dae-won and Jang Ho-ik are deployed, and they are trying to compensate for Suwon’s weakness of giving space behind the defense through resources with excellent speed. While taking defensive stability, both wingbacks are moving forward aggressively. Suwon, which is changing little by little, needs to improve its defense in order to escape from the bottom.