Pohang Steelers, celebrating its 50th anniversary, decided to take a realistic approach. Pohang is holding three competitions in parallel. My grades are good too. They are in second place in K-League 1 and have advanced to the semifinals of the FA Cup. The Asian Champions League (ACL) ranks first in its group. However, the time has come when ‘choice’ and ‘concentration’ are necessary.토토사이트
Pohang’s first goal should be to win the FA Cup. It is judged that winning the K League 1 is actually difficult. There is still a chance of winning. Pohang recorded 15 wins, 14 draws, and 5 losses (59 points), 8 points behind Ulsan (67 points). In fact, a scenario in which Pohang can come from behind to win is only possible if Ulsan has 1 win, 3 losses or all losses in the remaining 4 games, and Pohang has to win all 4 games. However, it is not easy to win against Jeonbuk, Gwangju, Ulsan, and Daegu in Final A. Therefore, the conclusion is that there is a high possibility that Ulsan will win the K League for the second time in a row.
In that case, what Pohang can realistically focus on is the FA Cup. If they overcome the semi-final against Jeju, which will be held on the 1st of next month, and the final, which will be held on the 4th of next month, they will kiss the FA Cup trophy for the first time in 10 years since 2013. In particular, if they win the semifinal against Jeju on the 1st, the final can be played at Steel Yard, their home stadium. In addition, the fact that the final match, which was previously divided into the first and second rounds, was changed to a single match due to the Saemangeum World Scout Jamboree disruption and Typhoon Kanun is a welcome issue for Pohang. A Pohang official said, “The players are taking a realistic approach and are desperately hoping to win the FA Cup. There are ACL and K-League games before the FA Cup semifinals, but we have to hold on well.”
However, this does not mean giving up on the K-League and ACL. Doing your best in every game is basic. However, it is true that Wandelsson and Oberdan are both out for the season due to injury and are focusing on the FA Cup in a situation where they have to give their best effort. Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong said, “We were trying to decide whether to rotate in the future based on the result of the last Incheon match. Because there was a draw, there was a bit of a setback in the plan.”
ACL has just opened its doors. Pohang is ranked first in the group after defeating Hanoi and Wuhan Sanjeon in succession. However, the possibility of winning the ACL is not entirely nonexistent, but it is slim. First of all, the power of West Asian teams has risen sharply. Saudi Arabian teams recruited superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) and Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad) with ‘oil money’. They are competing in the ACL, not the European Champions League. Considering the value of the name alone, it is difficult for East Asian club teams to approach it. Above all, as the ACL changes to the Chu-Chun System, if K-League teams advance to the tournament, they will have to step up as new members. In the case of Pohang, there are many players enlisted in the military, so reinforcing key members is essential.