“It’s not a good day to be a Korean”. – KNT supporter
Korea’s last group stage game against Belgium marks the end of their time at the 2014 World Cup. In a few days, there will be many questions asked by the Korean press regarding the performances of players and most importantly, coach Hong Myung-Bo himself. We will cover this extensively here at the Tavern, but let’s take a look at the players’ individual performances.
1. Kim Seung-Gyu (5) – Did well to punch the Brazuca out of the penalty area during set pieces, although he wasn’t truly tested. Should have held on to the ball to prevent the rebound. A goal out of nothing.
2. Lee Yong (6) – Solid defensively, did well.
3. Kim Young-Gwon (6) – Several good tackles, his shot went well wide. Should have directed Ki’s free kick to the box, not elsewhere. Where the hell was he during the Algeria match?
4. Hong Jeong-Ho (5) – Did well, but out of position leading up to Belgium’s goal. Unnecessary yellow.
5. Yun-Suk Young (6) – Did well against Januzaj.
6. Lee-Chung-Yong (6) – Had a good shot testing Courtois. Struggled in the final third, needs more involvement.
7. Han-Kook-Young (6) – Solid performance.
8. Ki Sung-Yueng (8) – The most consistent on the pitch. A world-class player, deserves better than Swansea.
9. Son Heung-Min (6) – I wish HMB would not have subbed him out. Struggled in the final third, but he wasn’t the only one. Needs more support.
10. Koo Ja-Cheol (6) – Composed, but struggled in the final third.
11. Kim Shin-Wook (6) – His aerial presence helps but not nearly enough involvement as I had hoped to see.
1. Lee Keun-Ho (6) – Was lively and tried to get forward as much as possible. Performed admirably.
2. Kim-Bo Kyung (5) – Not enough of an impact.
3 Ji Dong-Won (NA) – Not enough time.
Hong Myung-Bo (3) – After an year of below average performances, I think it is safe to say that HMB is not ready for this type of job. He doesn’t have enough knowledge to fully bring out the potential of the players; although he has had limited time. I personally disagreed with some of his tactics and formations, and felt that he wanted his players adapt to them. However, I believe he can remain a valuable asset and serve as an inspiration to younger players that are stepping up for the future. Undoubtedly, he’s already doing that, and I will continue to look up to him as a man filled of charisma and inspiration. Hopefully, the next coach will appoint him as assistant manager. The problem doesn’t solely lie with Hong Myung-Bo or his players, it’s much bigger than that (will be covered in tomorrow’s hangout).
We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time, but we leave empty handed. These inconsistencies must stop, as I can no longer watch a KNT match in fear. We must rebuild.