Kim Ki-dong (Pohang) coach has set clear goals for the new season.
The Korea Professional Football Federation held the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Opening Media Day event at The K Hotel in Seocho-gu, Seoul on the 20th. The event was attended by the defending champion, Ulsan Hyundai manager Hong Myung-bo, as well as the K-League 1 command tower and players.토토사이트
Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong had a bright face as usual. Last season, Pohang ranked third after Ulsan Hyundai and Jeonbuk Hyundai, which competed for the title. It was not a team that received high expectations at the beginning of the season, but it recorded achievements that exceeded expectations. Based on coach Kim’s thorough soccer management, the team achieved higher-than-expected results.
However, this season also has a lot of pressure. Because most of the key players have left. Striker Lim Sang-hyup and midfielder Shin Jin-ho left the team. In particular, the departure of Shin Jin-ho, who played a key role as captain last year, is painful. While preparing for the new season, the team was suddenly shaken, so there is no choice but to be regretful.
However, coach Kim did not lose faith in his team. Manager Kim said, “In the meantime, the team has achieved good results every two years since I took office in Pohang. Last season, we made a performance that exceeded expectations, so we were in the process of forming a new team this season. Rather than regretting it, I am thinking about various things because it is important to have the team’s strength in the time of regret.”
“Every year, a key player leaves the team. However, Pohang does not focus on one specific player and plays,” he said. “I hope that the players will overcome the crisis as a team. “It can have a big impact on the team. However, over time, the team will become stronger. Because the players are aware of it, we will be able to implement Pohang’s football.”
In particular, coach Kim Ki-dong explained two numbers as goals for this year. Coach Kim said, “First of all, this year is the 50th anniversary of the club’s founding. It has many meanings. It is a club with a history of Korean soccer. Therefore, I want to keep my pride this season.”
Also, “Pohang reached the top of the K-League in 2013. This season marks the 10th year. A championship for the first time in 10 years can definitely motivate the team and players. I won’t worry about anything else. A new player who joined. I prepared hard with the players. I will make a good team so that my efforts can be displayed on the pitch.”