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Kim Jin-soo also ‘looked bright’ in Jeonbuk’s first scoreless game “I should have done this a long time ago”

Encouraging win over Gwangju “Even if you give a lot of effective shots, the stronger team will win in the end.”

Jinsu Kim, captain of Jeonbuk Hyundai

As Jeonbuk Hyundai in the K-League 1 professional soccer team recorded its first scoreless game of the season, the expression of captain Kim Jin-soo, who has felt responsible for the team’s ups and downs, also brightened.

Kim Jin-su met with Yonhap News at the joint coverage area after the Hana Bank K-League 1 2024 13th round Gwangju FC match held at Gwangju Soccer Stadium on the 19th and said, “We should have played like this a long time ago from the start of the season, but we couldn’t, so I think we’re at the bottom.” He said.

On this day, Jeonbuk defeated Gwangju, led by coach Lee Jeong-hyo, 3-0.

It was an encouraging victory for Jeonbuk, where acting coach Park Won-jae has been leading the team for eight games since former coach Dan Petrescu took over the baton.

This is the first time this season that Jeonbuk has achieved no goals. This is proof that he suffered from defensive anxiety throughout the season.

In addition, they achieved a ‘complete victory’ in the enemy’s territory against Gwangju, whose morale was boosted by beating Ulsan 2-1 in the previous game.

Gwangju overwhelmed Jeonbuk in game indicators on this day with its unique organized play. They were ahead of Jeonbuk in ball possession (62%-38%), number of shots (18-6), and number of effective shots (11-4).

Nevertheless, Jeonbuk won thanks to their concentration in offense and defense.

The offensive team showed their goal-making ability by scoring 3 goals with 4 shots, and the defensive team, including Kim Jin-su, also kept the goal scoreless by preventing situations that came close to conceding a goal.

In particular, Kim Jin-su prevented Byun Jun-su’s header from hitting goalkeeper Jeong Min-ki and almost crossing the goal line during Gwangju’s free kick situation in the 23rd minute of the second half.

He showed quick judgment by quickly kicking the ball away with his right foot as he fell in front of the goal line. In the end, this play gave Jeonbuk the joy of not conceding a goal.

Jinsu Kim said, “I think they would have played the same regardless of who was in that position,” and reflected, “A team that wins in the end even if it gives away possession of the ball and a lot of effective shots is a strong team. We couldn’t do that until the previous game.”

He added, “We gave up a lot of shots today, but we didn’t concede any goals. Of course, there was some luck, but I think it was the result of the players’ hard work until the end.”

With this victory, Jeonbuk reported its third win of the season (4 draws, 6 losses) and escaped from the bottom. The points increased to 13, surpassing Daejeon Hana Citizen (11 points) and moving up one place to 11th place.

This season is the first time since the introduction of the promotion and relegation system in 2013 that Jeonbuk, which has been considered a representative K-League team, is struggling in the bottom tier even after ⅓ of the season has passed.

Kim Jin-su said, “The rankings speak for themselves. We are currently at the bottom. I thought a lot about whether I was not doing well as a captain, and I reflected a lot.”

He continued, “There were many cases where we kept conceding goals in the second half or at the end of the game, and even though we were playing well, we couldn’t win. Conceding goals after 70 minutes has an impact on the team atmosphere. In cases like today, we were focused until the end.” explained.

He emphasized, “This is a game that shows well how Jeonbuk Hyundai will fight in the future.”

Kim Jin-su’s offensive ability has been considered his strength, but on this day, he showed his defensive ability to tie down the opponent’s ace winger Gabriel. Every time we competed, we used our concentration to block Gabriel’s advance.

Kim Jin-su said, “I am the captain of Jeonbuk Hyundai, so I go into the game thinking that I have to block and win against any player I face. I don’t know if Gabriel was in bad shape today. But I think I played my role well to a certain extent.” I looked back. 토토사이트


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