8 April 2024

Jeonbuk, which has been erased from “Winning Mentality,” even lost its way to win

By pestfood.com

Jeonbuk Hyundai, which once established an “absolute dynasty,” is rapidly collapsing. However, Coach Petrescu voluntarily resigned, taking responsibility for his poor performance, but his missing “Winning Mentality” did not return.
Jeonbuk, temporarily led by coach Park Won-jae, lost 2-3 to Gangwon FC in its sixth round home game of “Hana Bank K League 1 2024” held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday. Jeonbuk lost the first point to Gangwon striker Lee Sang-hun through a penalty kick (PK) in the 41st minute of the first half, but it balanced the score with veteran fullback Kim Tae-hwan’s PK equalizer in the extra time of the first half, but gave back-to-back goals to its foreign defender in the 24th minute of the second half and Lee Sang-hun four minutes later. Moon’s comeback goal just before the end of the game did not affect the result. Lee Sang-hun, who scored multiple goals, emerged as the top scorer in the early days of the season with seven goals.

It was the worst case scenario for Jeonbuk, which ranked last (12th) with three draws and three losses due to two consecutive losses. In contrast, Gangwon, which recently had two wins, three draws and one loss due to two consecutive wins and no loss (two draws) in four consecutive games, has secured a foothold for its advance to the top ranks.

The key was Jeonbuk, which has changed dramatically. The coaching staff without the head coach made a big difference in the lineup. Lee Young-jae, the “kick master,” was assigned to the midfield and Jeon Byeong-gwan, born in 2002, was appointed as the wing forward. Lee Jae-ik was deployed as the central defense without Hong. He intended to say goodbye to the monotonous “long ball soccer” that Petrescu mainly used.

“We don’t know how Jeonbuk has changed,” Gangwon coach Yoon Jeong-hwan said, stressing the importance of the first goal. “The first goal makes the opponent in a hurry.” What he said became a reality. Gangwon took the lead with a quick first goal. Jeonbuk succeeded in tying the game but had no strength to turn it around.
The decisive blow was that left fullback Jung Woo-jae, who replaced captain Kim Jin-soo who was sent off for a dirty foul in an away game (0-2 loss) against Jeju United in the fifth round, quickly exhausted the team in the second half, and Jeonbuk’s side collapsed. Kang did not miss this opportunity and scored consecutive goals in the second half. 퀸알바

The bigger problem lies ahead. They will face off against Gwangju FC (home on March 13), FC Seoul (away on March 20), and Daegu FC (home on March 28). They are all uncomfortable and burdensome. As they need to revitalize their losing confidence and find their next coach who is worthy of the No. 1 ranking in body value, they are in a tight schedule.