The biggest star in men’s soccer at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games is by far South Korea’s Lee Kang-in. However, even with Lee Kang-in out, the second line of attack, which is the position he belongs to, is strong.카지노
Korea begins the group stage with a game against Kuwait on the 19th (Korean time). Lee Kang-in, who is considered a key resource, is scheduled to arrive in China on the 21st after playing a game for his team, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). It appears that Lee Kang-in will not be available until the game against Kuwait and Thailand on the 21st.
Even without Lee Kang-in, Korea’s second line is strong. There is Jung Woo-young, who is playing as a starter for Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, and Cho Young-wook and Ko Young-jun, who have recently shown good performances in the K-League. Song Min-gyu and Eom Won-sang have already gained a lot of experience as Representative A. Coach Hwang Seon-hong went to China with a double squad, selecting a total of six second-line players, including Lee Kang-in. In the past Asian Games, the squad size was small and some positions lacked players, but this tournament selected 22 players, so almost all positions are close to double squads.
Considering K-League competitiveness, experience with the A national team, presence of a European team, etc., Korea’s second line is actually close to the strongest position even without Lee Kang-in. Rather, there are many variables in other positions to work with them. Strikers Park Jae-yong and Ahn Jae-jun both showed competitiveness in K-League 2 until recently, but were not at the K-League 1 or A representative level. The central midfielder has abundant resources, including wild card Baek Seung-ho, Jeong Ho-yeon, who was the key to this season’s K League 1 Gwangju FC sensation, and European side Hong Hyun-seok, but coach Hwang has not been able to show a clear third-line combination so far.
The team’s blueprint must be well drawn up without Lee Kang-in in order to minimize problems caused by too hasty joining. Lee Kang-in has just recovered from injury. There is a high possibility that he will come to China after playing only one game for his team, PSG. Although the period of absence is not so long that he loses all sense of actual play, it is true that he lacks experience in keeping up with the Asian Games members.
If the team seriously stumbles without Lee Kang-in, they may fall into a vicious cycle of hastily inserting Lee Kang-in, exposing his stamina and breathing problems, and further declining performance. Lee Kang-in needs to be given time to improve his stamina and breathing, even if it’s just for a few days.
Also, since Lee Kang-in is a playmaker and not a player who breaks down the opponent’s defense and scores on his own, the condition of the players who will receive the pass is also important. The easiest structure to draw is for the combative striker Park Jae-yong at the front line to make sacrificial plays, Lee Kang-in to provide a pass, and second-line goal scorers Cho Young-wook, Ko Young-jun, and Song Min-gyu to score goals. If Lee Kang-in’s teammates who have proven their decisiveness and breakthrough ability are organized in advance, it will be easier to form a combination later.
There was a time when they were particularly weak in men’s soccer at the Asian Games, failing to win the championship six times since the 1990 tournament. However, after winning the competition in succession in 2014 and 2018, expectations are higher than ever. In addition, the 2018 winning members Kim Min-jae and Hwang In-beom actively utilized their military service benefits to challenge for Europe, confirming that they would be of great help to the A national team. This member is also close to a super team formed with the unconditional goal of winning the gold medal. There is a need to prove its power even when Lee Kang-in is not around.