Coach Kim Ki-dong’s unorthodox twin-tower tactic was impressive.
Pohang Steelers defeated Jeonbuk Hyundai 1-0 in the 15th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at the Steelyard at 4:30 p.m. on the 29th. Pohang maintained their unbeaten run of four matches and remained in fourth place with another win over Jeonbuk following their last meeting. Jeonbuk lost for the fifth time in five games and dropped to seventh place.
Pohang came out firing in the first half. The team had been celebrating their 50th anniversary and had a lot of fans in attendance, which added to their motivation. They pushed forward like crazy, looking to score. In the 36th minute, they had to swallow their disappointment when Zeca’s shot hit the post, and later, Baek Sung-dong’s shot hit the post. Despite the onslaught, the score remained 0-0 at half-time.
At the start of the second half, Jeonbuk took off Hapa Silva, who was struggling, and put on Song Min-gyu. They were more aggressive than in the first half and harassed Pohang. To regain the initiative, coach Kim Ki-dong took off Lee Seung-mo and Baek Sung-dong in the 14th minute of the second half and brought on Lee Ho-jae and Shin Kwang-hoon. Shin Kwang-hoon moved into midfield and formed a midfield with Aubertan. Lee Ho-jae looked to form a two-man defence with Zeca.
With two players with height advantages up front, it was expected that straight crosses would be repeated. Instead, Kim Ki-dong tried an unorthodox tactic, utilising the twin towers in a different way, with Lee Ho-jae up front and Zeca on the left. When an attacking situation arose, the ball went to Zeca. Zeca, who has good ball possession and link-up skills, drove the play.
Around him, Aubertan and Shim Sang-min provided support. When Jeonbuk released the defensive pressure, the passes would go to Lee Ho-jae in the front or Go Young-joon in the middle. It was a way to utilise the players’ abilities instead of attacking with crosses, which are less likely to be successful. Kim Ki-dong’s unorthodox twin-tower tactic was effective and allowed Jeonbuk to keep shooting at goal.
Jeonbuk also utilised the twin towers. In the 19th minute of the second half, they took off Moon Sun-min and brought on Gustavo to form a two-tower with Cho Kyu-sung. It was a typical twin tower tactic. When Jeonbuk got the ball, they would play long passes aimed at either Cho or Gustavo’s head. If the cross didn’t work, Cho Kyu-sung would come down and receive the ball. Gustavo would battle with Ha Chang-rae and Grant in the front line. They alternated between two patterns but lacked sharpness. Their success rate was low and mistakes were repeated, giving Pohang chances on the counterattack.메이저사이트
After taking the lead through Go Young-jun’s goal, Pohang dropped a tired Zeca and a potentially injured Go Young-jun and brought on Wandelsson and Kim Jun-ho. The duo disrupted Jeonbuk’s build-ups with a lot of activity and threatened the Jeonbuk goal with fast breaks when they got the ball. The result was a 1-0 win for Pohang. Pohang won in both content and result. Not only did the players perform well, but coach Kim Ki-dong’s tactics also shone through.