“I hate to lose, as do our fans, and I hate to lose.”
Jeonbuk Hyundai head coach Dan Petrescu (Romania) was very serious. And for good reason. His managerial debut started with a bitter defeat. On the 24th, Jeonbuk lost 0-2 away to Gwangju FC in the 19th round of the K League 1 after a lethargic performance.
Petrescu, who took over during the A-Match break in June, made a few changes in his short time in charge, emphasizing the back door and playing “line-bold football 토토사이트” over build-ups that slowly tighten up the opposition with passes. He spent a lot of time implementing a “kick-and-rush” style of play, omitting the midfield.
However, Gwangju coach Lee Jung-hyo had read all of Jeonbuk’s numbers. He had watched dozens of videos of Cluj (Romania), which Petrescu led until the 2022-2023 season, and found the perfect countermeasure.
After the 0-2 defeat, Petrescu said, “Everything was not good,” but there was no time to dwell on the disappointment. A return match was scheduled against the same opponent. It was the quarterfinals of the Hana OneQ FA Cup 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 28th. The FA Cup is a one-off tournament that Jeonbuk can’t afford to miss, as they have been struggling in the league this season.
After returning home, Jeonbuk took revenge on Gwangju. The second half was showtime. In the 12th minute, Moon Sun-min broke down the left flank and sent in a low cross that was headed home by Song Min-gyu, who rushed into the box. Six minutes later, Cho Kyu-sung added a penalty kick (PK) goal, and in the 23rd minute, Song Min-gyu sent in an exquisite cross from the right flank that Jun Amano headed home. Just before the end, Lee Dong-joon’s pass after a break down the right was met by Cho Kyu-sung with an exquisite kick to complete the 4-0 victory 안전놀이터순위.
Jeonbuk made another bold change on the day. They started Kim Moon-hwan, a flanker who returned from injury, and brought Baek Seung-ho off the bench to boost their strength. “Results are more important than words,” said the coach, who was eager for his first victory, and Jeonbuk pushed Gwangju relentlessly, announcing a new “dak gong” (shut up and attack). Gwangju tried to rebel once again, fielding players who hadn’t played against Jeonbuk four days earlier, but the weight class difference was clear.