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After a disappointing debut, Pohang Steelers head coach Park Tae-ha of the K League One Pohang Steelers said he saw “hope” despite the loss. Pohang fell to Jeonbuk 0-2 on Thursday in the first leg of their 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) Round of 16 first leg at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province .The match was the first official match of the 2024 season for South Korean professional soccer. It was also the Pohang debut of ‘Pohang legend’ Park, who was appointed as the successor to Kim Ki-dong after his departure to FC Seoul. Park last played professional soccer in casinositekingcom 2018, when he spent the season as the head coach of Chinese second division side Yanbian .Park, who had said at a press conference the day before that he was “half excited and half disappointed,” was not smiling in his return match. Without a number of key players from last season’s league runners-up and FA Cup winners, including Zeca (Shandong) and Ko Young-joon (Partizan), Pohang struggled to take the initiative against a much-reinforced Jeonbuk side.

According to AFC, Pohang had less than 40 percent of the ball possession. They had a slight 16-14 advantage in shots, but unlike Jeonbuk, they were unable to create any threatening oments. Nevertheless, Park said in the post-match press conference that the team’s performance in the second half was positive enough. “In the second half, the younger players showed a good performance for a while,” Park said. “I want to aim for a game that is centered on the players who run in the midfield, and that’s what I saw in the second half,” he said .”I saw hope,” Park said, adding, “I think the offense was also active in the second half.” “I think the performance of the new foreign players, especially Georgi and Aspro, will help the team a lot,” he reflected .To reach the ACL quarterfinals, Pohang will need to overcome a two-goal deficit in the second leg at home on Tuesday. “We were determined to get a point away from home, but the result was a little disappointing,” Park said, adding, “A two-goal deficit is enough to overcome at home. We will prepare well for the next home 카지노사이트킹 game and try to get a good result.”

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