Technical support issues
Didier Domi, a former player of Paris Saint-Germain PSG and current coach, mentioned Lee Kang-in's position.
PSG lost 1-2 to AC Milan in the fourth Group F match of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League UCL at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, at 5 a.m. on the 8th. With the loss of the game, PSG fell to second place in Group F.
With a 4-3-3 formation, PSG started Kylian Mbappe, Randal Kolo Muani, Usman Dembele, Vitinha, Manuel Ugarte, Warren Jair Emery, Luka Hernandez, Milan Shkriniar, Marquignos, Ashraf Hakimi and Gianluigi Donnarumma. On the same day, Lee Kang-in started from the bench.
It was a fierce first half between the two teams. At the start of the game, Mbappe succeeded in breaking through on the left side and attempted a cutback, but keeper Mike Meanyan defended well. Rafael Leão then tried to score a low shot, but Donnarumma caught it.
PSG scored the first goal. In the 9th minute of the first half, Marquinos put a cross on his head in a corner kick and Schriniar cut the net with a header.
AC Milan also launched a counterattack. In the 12th minute of the first half, Olivier Giroud's shot was saved by Donnarumma, and Leang, who was rushing, balanced the game with a fantastic bicycle kick.
The game got fiercer as they exchanged one goal at a time. In the 14th minute of the first half, Meanyan defended Mbappe's one-on-one opportunity and failed. Later, in the 24th minute of the first half, Mbappe once again took a movement to penetrate, but this was also blocked by Meanyan's defense. In the 26th minute of the first half, Dembele's shot hit the post and failed to score.
AC Milan's offensive was also formidable. In the 31st minute of the first half, Donnarumma saved Leão's free kick. Then, in the 36th minute of the first half, Leang again tried to score, but missed the goal. Thus, the first half ended in a 1-1 tight flow.
Early in the second half, AC Milan led. In the 5th minute of the second half, Crossle Giroud, posted by Theo Hernandez, succeeded in turning the tables by connecting with a header.
Lee Kang-in was deployed in the 15th minute of the second half. Muani, Ugarte and Vitinha were missing, and Gonzalo Hamus, Fabian Lewis and Lee Kang-in were put in.
Lee Kang-in, who was replaced, was active. In the 28th minute of the second half, Lee Kang-in was trying to score directly as a free-kick kicker. In the 43rd minute of the second half, he received Hakimi's pass and shot past the opponent's defense, but he had to swallow his disappointment by hitting the post. In the end, the game ended with a 2-1 AC Milan victory without additional points.
Even in a short period of time, Lee Kang-in's impact was clear. According to soccer statistics media "Sofascore", Lee Kang-in, who played for 30 minutes, recorded 36 ball touches, 96% pass success rate, 1 dribble success one time, 2 ground competitions three times and 1 net hit. The media acknowledged Lee Kang-in's performance by scoring 7.2 points.
PSG, who was defeated apart from Lee Kang-in's performance. Domi, who is currently a coach at PSG Academy, left a comment on the match. "I already know that AC Milan's players have a hard time turning around when they put strong pressure on PSG's midfielders. PSG is a team that has to dominate from the midfield. Currently, PSG is struggling in these areas."
At the same time, he insisted on using Lee Kang-in as a midfielder as a solution to this. "Lee Kang-in is a very technical player. He is not afraid to turn around with the ball. He has the ability to cope with pressure and turn around very well. He praised Lee Kang-in's ability, saying, "I do it very often."
"It is effective to use him as a midfielder. And I'd love to see Hakimi come into the central area from time to time and Dembele positioned on the line to block opponents. Because if he comes inside, Leanne won't follow him," he advised.
Thursday, November 9, 2023