Coach Lee Min-seong chose a tactic that allows the players to perform at their best rather than a style he personally prefers.
Daejeon Hana Citizen defeated Ulsan Hyundai 2-1 in the 7th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium at 4:30 pm on the 16th. With this, Daejeon is in 3rd place in the league (14 points) with 4 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in 7 matches.
It was a very valuable victory. This match was a game in which Ulsan challenged to 7 consecutive wins, the record for the most consecutive wins in the K-League opening. However, it was not possible to overcome a strong match at home. From the beginning of the first half, the Daejeon players pushed ‘1st place’ Ulsan hard. In the 9th minute of the first half, Lee Jin-hyun scored the first goal under strong forward pressure, and Lee Hyun-sik’s additional goal in the first half added time to capture Ulsan. 메이저놀이터
The fighting spirit of the players was really great. However, the leadership of coach Lee Min-seong, who made it possible for the players to show all their abilities on the pitch, was also outstanding. On this day, coach Lee Min-seong expressed his determination before the game, saying, “As it is a game held at home, we will not go down and play aggressively. There is only one thing I told the players. I said we should stop Ulsan from winning 7 consecutive victories at home.”
And he said something similar after the game. Coach Lee Min-seong said, “I’ve tried various things since I was in K-League 2. I’ve tried to come down defensively, but looking at it so far, when we played aggressively, there were good scenes and good results. That’s why I will continue to talk with the players in the future. We will keep the current style while sharing.”
Before and after the game, the word ‘aggressive football’ kept coming out. In fact, the aggressive tactic was different from the style directed by Lee Min-seong. During a press conference before the match, head coach Lee Min-seong said with a smile, “Actually, I personally don’t prefer aggressive soccer. Rather, I like soccer with a balance between offense and defense.”
He said, “There are definitely more attack-oriented players than defense in our team. I tried and thought about various combinations while leading this team for three years. Ulsan is definitely a well-structured and offensive team. Don’t you have a saying? To stop Ulsan in this game, it’s important to attack first.”
Director Lee Min-seong went through trial and error after making various attempts after joining Daejeon. He did not blindly push his tactical inclinations. Coach Lee Min-seong found the best fit for his players. After a long wait of 8 years, the promotion in the early days of Daejeon and the victory against Ulsan were not coincidences. So far, it has been the result made under the supervision of Lee Min-seong.