Ulsan head coach Hong Myung-bo, “I felt like I didn’t get over the physical hump”
Ulsan Hyundai suffered their first defeat in their second game in Asia. Head coach Hong Myung-bo blamed the loss on physical difficulties amid a tight schedule.
Ulsan lost 0-1 to Kawasaki Frontale in the second leg of their 2023/2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) Group I clash at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Todoroki Stadium in Kawasaki, Japan, thanks to a 44th-minute goal from 온라인카지노 Gento Tachibana. The result leaves them at the top of the group with one win, one loss and three points, behind Kawasaki (W6).
Speaking at the official post-match press conference, head coach Hong Myung-bo said, “We lost in the end, but overall, the game went as we prepared. We had a physical hump at the end, and I feel like we couldn’t overcome it. I think the players did a good job.”
Ulsan did a good job of blocking the opponent’s attacks throughout the game, until they conceded a goal through Gento with a point in hand.
“On defense, we were off-balance because the ball was going in the wrong direction,” said Hong Myung-bo. This created a gap. It was a momentary and organizational mistake,” he said of the goal.
On this day, Ulsan chose to drop the entire line and put their weight on the back instead of pressing forward. As the opponent continued to press hard, they showed some insecurity in the buildup.
“In the first half, it wasn’t easy to solve their pressure, but we improved a lot in the second half,” said Hong Myung-bo, “We basically aim to defend in the midfield area rather than pressing forward. Of course, we press forward depending on the situation. In general, I think we pressed well in the central area. We focused on preventing the ball from entering the defensive area as much as possible.”
Ulsan will face Kawasaki at home on Dec. 12 for their sixth group game. There’s still time for revenge. “We will forget about today’s game and prepare well for the upcoming league matches,” said Hong Myung-bo. We will face Kawasaki in the final group game. It is important for the players to keep the experience of this match and prepare well for the rest of the time.”