After ‘epic crisis’ Suwon Samsung must settle for one point, bittersweet reality
“Still, a point is a big point for us.”
That’s what Suwon Samsung head coach Kim Byung-soo said. Suwon drew 0-0 with Incheon United on Nov. 11 in the final match of the first half of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023. They have not won in five games. At least they were relieved to end a four-game losing streak.토토사이트
Suwon, the ‘Masters of Tradition’, are in dire straits. In their opening seven games, the team managed just two draws and five losses. Eventually, coach Lee Byung-geun was relieved of his duties. Kim took over as the new coach, but the situation hasn’t changed much. Suwon is still at the bottom of the table. In the first half of the season, they only managed two wins, three draws, and 13 losses (9 points) in 18 matches.
It’s a crisis of epic proportions. It’s even worse than their previous three relegation battles. Based on their opening 18 games, they have fewer points than Seongnam FC in 2022 (2W6D10L-12P), Gwangju FC in 2021 (4W2D12L-14P), and Incheon United in 2020 (2W5D11L-11P). Only one of those teams, Incheon in 2020, managed to stay up.
Kim has recently been studying ‘brain science’ to help motivate his players. He said, “There are many books on brain science. I’m studying it. There are many things that make sense. However, the books say that it is difficult to change in a short period of time. I learned that it takes a lot of effort. We need to be more patient and hardworking.”
Suwon will take a two-week break from A-match play. “I don’t think we have time to train during the break. We’re thinking a lot about how to build up our strength and how to do our best, and we need to think a little bit more about it. I think we need to think about it a little more deeply.” Suwon lost Basani, Jeon Jin-woo, and others to injury. Kim is hoping for the return of the injured players first.
“I was upset and angry,” said ‘Captain’ Lee Ki-jae. However, I talk to the players a lot about cheering up rather than staying down because of the tough situation. I think we need to prepare well during the break.” Suwon will kick off the second half of the race with a ‘Super Match’ against FC Seoul on the 24th.