‘K League 1 (Part 1), we accept.’ At the beginning of the 2023 season, the blast from the promoted team is strong.
Daejeon Hana Citizen, 스포츠토토who came up from K League 2 (Part 2), won 2-1 at home against Ulsan Hyundai in the 7th round of Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 held at Daejeon World Cup Stadium on the 16th. It was the first loss of the season to Ulsan, the defending champion and ‘1st round’ who was on the verge of winning 6 consecutive wins. In addition, it was the first team to score multiple goals against the Ulsan defense, which conceded only 4 goals.
On the same day, Gwangju FC also won an away match against Daegu FC, 4-3. Daejeon, which was promoted to K-League 1 this season, is in 3rd place with 14 points (4 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss), and Gwangju is 5th with 12 points (4 wins, 3 losses), competing at the top.
In fact, in the past, there have been occasional promotions of promoted teams in the K-League. Since 2013, when the promotion and relegation system was introduced in the K-League, not a few promoted teams have placed their names in the top ranks. The team with the best performance was Gyeongnam FC in the 2018 season, which finished the season in second place. He has also been in the top 6 six times. In the 2021 season, Jeju United and Suwon FC also ranked 4th and 5th, respectively.
The strong start of the two teams is eye-catching in that it is a little different from the promoted teams that have previously performed well in the K-League 1. Daejeon and Gwangju captivate fans with ‘fearless attacking football’ that raised the defense line even against strong teams. Daejeon scored 16 goals and Gwangju scored 12 goals, ranking 1st and 4th in team scoring, respectively.
Commentator Kim Dae-gil, who predicted that the two promoted teams should pay attention ahead of the season opening, said, “Daejeon’s capture of Ulsan is not a big surprise.” It is predicted that the promotion of the two teams will not stop at the ‘blast’. Commissioner Kim pointed out, “The two teams have in common that they have a solid organization by filling the necessary power without a large change in player power.” Team speed is also not pushed on the K-League 1 stage.
In addition, in a situation where the K-League 1 power level, excluding Ulsan, has been leveled down, it deserves a high score for the manager’s leadership, which has become more important. There are many evaluations that Daejeon head coach Lee Min-seong and Gwangju coach Lee Jung-hyo cannot ignore the strength of their ever-changing yet bold tactics. Most of all, there are even comments that say “amazing” about the mercenary skills and player management that make players move.
First of all, the start with 4 wins in 7 games is good. However, he has no choice but to meet the hump around midsummer. This is because the players’ stamina is inevitably exhausted due to the tactics of playing ‘more aggressive, more run’ soccer. In a situation where the relatively weak player base is pointed out as an Achilles heel, as the weather gets hotter and the physical strength decreases, the injury variable is bound to increase. “If you meet a strong team and get down, the result will be a game led by the strong team. Daejeon will be a good precedent,” said Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo, who acknowledged “Daejeon soccer,” and the opposing team’s intensive checks are also intensifying.
Committee member Kim Dae-gil said, “If this trend is maintained well until the 10th round, both teams will remain in the top split,” and “risk management, which both commanders are well aware of, will be important.”