“There is no such word as ‘satisfied with the results of last season. I was passive in terms of content. I want to challenge the top split for this season’s goal as well.”
Gangwon FC held a press conference for the 2023 K-League Winter Field Training Media Camp at Songjeong Hotel located in Haeundae-gu, Busan on the 10th at 2:00 pm.
Head coach Choi Yong-soo, who attended the press conference, said, “Last season, thanks to luck, I was able to achieve results that exceeded expectations by reaching the top split. This season, I also want to challenge the top split. I want to give it to you. The players are sweating hard to achieve the goal. I think it will be a tough season, but I will try to enjoy it and show my efforts.”
Last season Gangwon was the first season under coach Choi Yong-soo’s leadership from the winter season. Gangwon, who succeeded in staying after the playoffs in the 2021 season, was desperate for a rebound. Gangwon strengthened their goalkeeper position by recruiting Yoo Sang-hoon through the winter transfer market, and Jung Seung-yong joined the team after completing his military service. In addition, Kevin was brought in to fill the void of Lim Chae-min, and he was recruited in the right place. The frontline striker, who had a headache in 2021, solved it by recruiting ‘tall foreign mercenary’ Dino.
However, a variable occurred at the beginning of the season. Dino is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. In a situation of crisis, coach Choi Yong-soo’s practical soccer shone. Coach Choi Yong-soo showed a counterattack strategy after the player defense based on the strong defensive organization he had boasted since his days at FC Seoul. Here, in the great success of newcomers Yang Hyeon-joon and Kim Dae-won, they gradually accumulated victory points.
The final ranking is 6th. Gangwon advanced to Final A after three seasons and was able to avoid the bloody relegation competition at the end of the season. The goal of the 2023 season is also Final A. Coach Yong-soo Choi said, “There is no such thing as ‘satisfied with the results of last season.’ I was passive in terms of content in football. Looking back at simple attack patterns and conceded goals, I calmly think that we can’t go to the top split. Therefore, we make up for our shortcomings. “I’m pouring my energy into it. I’ll play active football in terms of tactics. I’ll take every game seriously.”
But the recruitment is disappointing. Gangwon recruited Yoo In-soo, Alibayev, and Choi Woo-suk this season, and is evaluated as lacking in strength compared to other teams. Coach Yong-soo Choi said, “All coaches have the idea of proceeding with a good squad. We recruited Alibaev, In-soo Yoo, and Woo-seok Kim. It’s not satisfactory, but we’ll take on challenges with the resources we have. Soccer isn’t just for players. I will show you,” he said.
Last season, thanks to luck, we were able to achieve results that exceeded our expectations by climbing to the top of the split. My goal this season is also to challenge for a higher split. I want to show people in Gangwon-do that they can have emotion and hope at the stadium. Players are working hard to achieve the goal. I think it will be a tough season, but I will show you how to enjoy it and work hard.
The transfer market is sluggish.
All coaches have an idea of what they want to do with a good squad. We recruited Alibayev and Yoo In-soo. I’m not satisfied, but I’ll take on the challenge with the resources I have. It is true that we are lacking, but we will approach the game as a team and not lose. I also want to show an improved image in terms of content. There is half anticipation and half excitement.
At this time last year, you saved a team that was close to relegation. What is your mindset this season?
There is no word of satisfaction with the results of last season. It is true that the expectations of the fans are higher. It was passive in terms of content in football. Looking back at the simple attack patterns and conceded goals, it makes me sober to think that we can’t go to the top split. Therefore, they are making up for their shortcomings and pouring energy into them. In terms of tactics, I will play active soccer. I will take every game seriously.
How are Dino, Young Han, and Jihoon Kang?
Dino, who was recruited with high expectations, suffered a long-term injury at the beginning of the season, and it was difficult as a team. On the other hand, it raised a new motivation in it. Key players such as Han Jung-young and Kang Ji-hoon suffered a lot of long-term injuries. I had a tough season. How many games can you play in a season with the team the coach wants? All the players played the game well, thinking that they were the main players. Dino is in 60% body condition. The sense of game and stamina are not normal. If the three players are in normal condition, I think we can have a good game.
At the inauguration ceremony, CEO Kim Byeong-ji said, ‘Gangwon’s results will be different in 5 games after the season opens,’ but he
is a representative with a lot to learn. The flow at the beginning of the season is very important. However, when looking back at his coaching career, he has the nickname of “slow start”. Last season wasn’t good at the beginning either. I will listen as a message telling me to work hard. The first five games of the season are all important. Even if a crisis comes in the beginning, I will overcome it wisely and wisely. I want to see the whole season.
Incheon is going to the ACL, and that seat should have been ours, but
after reaching the top split last season, I and the players said that we should go beyond our limits. But it didn’t change in an instant. With coach Seong-Hwan Cho’s ability and good players, this season is also a team to look forward to. Neither I nor the players could do anything that exceeded their limits. However, all I can think about is whether we can forget the past and show our soccer to the people of Gangwon-do through exciting soccer.
What did you miss last season?
In a situation where it was difficult to form a squad due to the departure of key players, the opposing teams quickly saw our strategy. I got a lot of impressions that we would go with points against us. The strategy change was the counterattack after the player defense. The more the game went on, the more space the opponent came out, and he took advantage of the impatient part. But personally, my pride was hurt. While bringing victory points, I thought a lot about how to fight numbers. What are the 3 matches that you liked in terms of soccer content? only However, this season, I will stick to the basics and approach the season calmly. The squad is not better than Incheon. But I will show you that football is not only played by players.
The opening game of the season is Daejeon Hana Citizen,
and a victory for the fans is natural. No matter what team it is, we have to play our game and show what we are more prepared for and what we want to do. If you prepare 10, you may not be able to show 6. But we will try to bring the results as much as possible. I look forward to the first game with excitement rather than pressure. I want to respect Daejeon as a team equal to the first division.
Even in Seoul, I was attached to Alibayev,
and Alibayev and I met through a good relationship. He has a lot of empathy with the friend and knows the pros and cons. It lacks Alibayev’s ability, creativity in the midfield area and decisive passing. Han Young-young and Min-woo Seo are lacking in activity. They needed resources to lubricate the midfield.
The team you want to win this season
Ulsan Hyundai. I heard a lot of bad things from Jeonbuk Hyundai manager Kim Sang-shik after last season. If bad jinxes build up over time, they’re taking their toll on the team. I want to win this season, home or away. Ulsan’s individual ability is outstanding, so I don’t think coach Hong Myung-bo has anything to do. It is not easy to find weaknesses. Chonbuk National University Ulsan’s Gyeonggi Province would also be interesting.
What do you think of the game this season?
The top 6 teams will definitely come out. We expect Ulsan, Jeonbuk, Incheon, Pohang, Jeju, and Suwon Samsung. Gangwon will try to enter the gap from the standpoint of a challenger. Looking at the reinforcements of other teams, it seems to be in proportion to my expectations. Oh, there is also FC Seoul. Then it seems that Suwon should come down. Director Ahn Ik-soo would have been disappointed. It seems pretty intense.
Is there any intention to fill the 5+1 quarter in the future?
It is important to have players with various characteristics to lead a season. You need it to get through a tight game schedule. Communicate appropriately with the club.
There are many issues in the K-League ahead of the season. (Amano Jun, Yoon Bitgaram)
There will be no fans who only expect good news. I don’t think of gossip. I think it’s a passing thing. I don’t think it’s bad for the fans to have news. 바카라
Representative Kim Byeong-ji said that if the average audience increases, Yang Hyun-joon’s performance is important.
Whether or not Yang Hyun-jun is active depends on his physical condition. It is the manager’s job to decide whether or not to be selected. Willpower is important for him as a player himself, and if he scores two goals in every match, he may not be with him until the end of the season.
Yang Hyeon-joon grew as he received attention last season, how does he anticipate his performance this season?
He will enter the season under heavy pressure. Yang Hyeon-joon has grown into an ace in Gangwon, but in terms of Korean soccer, Son Heung-min’s decisiveness, speed, ball touch, and dribbling are also arts. When I look at it, I think the future is limitless. As a manager, it is a matter of homework on how to utilize it. He doesn’t think he’ll do better than last season, because the opposition will be tough. If you can’t solve this problem, you shouldn’t. He thinks that if he gets through it wisely, he will grow into a formidable player.
What do you think of Kim Dae-won’s performance?
He also focused on his personal career for his team last season. However, I have a little problem with my back right now, so it’s not in normal condition. Even so, he is a friend with a strong will to go beyond last season. I hope Hyunjoon and Daewon do just as well as last season. It’s not easy to do better. Your opponent won’t let you go.