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Incheon United is the only provincial and provincial club among the four K-League clubs that are challenging the Asian Football Confederation Champions League (ACL) this year.
Yokohama F, one of the strong teams in Japan's J-League, even though it was his first experience.Cooked Marinos 4-2 on the road and came back. The expression "unexpected" was just the right result, but Incheon was confident. In the second round, Kaya Iloilo (Philippines) defeated the game 4-0.
He met Shandong Taishan (China) curiously, but he lost 0-2 home and 1-3 away games in a row. It failed to overcome the strong soccer of Shandong coach Choi Kang-hee, who plagued Incheon during Jeonbuk Hyundai. Rather than Shandong doing well, it was regrettable that Incheon itself collapsed.
Still, there is still a possibility of advancing to the round of 16. Call home Yokohama on the 28th. If you catch this game, you can secure at least second place with nine points. As the Kaya expedition is relatively free on December 13, conditions have been created to go all-in to Yokohama.
Of course, the final K League 1 match against Daegu FC on December 3rd should also be scheduled. Therefore, it was fortunate to beat Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 in the 37th round of the Final A of the "Hana One Q K League 1 2023" held at Incheon Football Stadium on the 24th.
We need to check the results of the second-ranked Pohang Steelers (60 points) - sixth-ranked Daegu (50 points) and fourth-ranked Jeonbuk (54 points) - third-ranked Gwangju FC (58 points), but it is grateful that the Asian Football Confederation Champions League Elite (ACLE) playoffs next season and the Champions League 2 (ACL2) tickets, which the fourth-ranked team will take, are in sight at least.
Incheon is an injury ward. Key players and veterans Lee Myung-joo and Shin Jin-ho, as well as Mugosa, Delbridge, Gerso, and Mpoku all left due to injuries. Surprisingly, Park Seung-ho, born in 2003, scored his debut goal against Ulsan, and Hong Si-hoo, called "Hong Si-ford" born in 2001, scored one goal and one assist. Midfielder Choi Woo-jin, born in 2004, who scored against Gwangju FC, also started and showed good performance.
A series of flows leads to confidence in the match against Yokohama. A front desk in Incheon said, "It's amazing when you think about it. I think I was worried about relegation at this time of year. It's a little different now. "I'm thinking about entering the ACL and I'm playing again," he said, responding that the 180-degree change is still embarrassing.
If they beat Yokohama, strong fan sentiment is important for the Kaya expedition in Manila, the Philippines. Internally, it is said that they have considered operating chartered flights. However, it costs hundreds of millions of dollars. Above all, Incheon International Airport is close and there are many Manila flights, so there is no need to charter a plane. Unless you are a fan who can make time because it is a weekday game, it is not easy to accompany you on the expedition itself, making it difficult to attract chartered flights. It's about dreaming all the happy dreams you can have in reality.
As much as I was blessed, I made a scenario that I never thought of before. Incheon decided to go to Bangkok, Thailand for its winter training early on. It's perfect for physical training, and I didn't hesitate to harden in Thailand almost every year.
However, the duration is a problem. In the off-season training, which usually takes three to four weeks of training, the variable ACL came out. If they advance to the round of 16 in the ACL by making the top three teams in the group this season, they will play the first and second games on February 13-14 and 20-21 next year. The season schedule is considerably faster than in previous years. This means that the players' rest period will be reduced.
It is Incheon, where you have to check all the various and complex situations. Another front desk said, "We have already prepared everything from Plan A to B, C, and D. Once you finish in the top four in the league and qualify for ACLE or ACL2 next season, it doesn't affect winter training right away, so you can push it back. The question is whether to advance to the round of 16 in ACL this season. "We have established various plans based on our advancement and frustration," he said, adding that there are things that have been prepared.
It is fun to think about countermeasures over whether to advance to the round of 16 in the ACL. I'm grateful that the players are so good. Coach Cho Sung-hwan was also moved by the young players' performance during the tight schedule of advancing to the FA Cup semifinals and ACL parallel to maintaining the K League 1's good ranking, saying, "The team will develop further through good faith competition with the players who played in the previous game. "I'm looking forward to next year more as a coach," he said, adding that the harmony effect of the new and old is considerable.
Both the team and the club see, feel, and grow as external effects. Incheon's heart, Kim Do-hyuk, said after drawing 1-1 against Jeonbuk in the 36th round, "It's great to play ACL. The other team's facilities were really good. I hope we're better too. "I want to play more in the ACL," he said, stressing that participation in the ACL is a considerable motivation.
No one knows how far Incheon's run will continue. At least, it is considered fortunate that the end of the season is resulting in happiness at a time when the status of clubs affiliated with the metropolitan area has fallen a lot. Incheon's calm transformation, which was in a hurry to stay every year like the nickname "Survival King," is surprising and surprising not only for its members, but also for reporters and soccer players.
Friday, November 24, 2023
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