Not even in the mood to type an intro right now. This game really shattered our kibun. Here’s my personal player ratings, feel free to counter in comments, and hopefully our other Tavern Writers can insert their ratings/thoughts below mine.
Tim (5) – Looked shaky and jittery. At fault for maybe 2 goals.
Jae (5) – Thought he looked calmer than against Tunisia, but letting in four is never good. Although he was really let down by the defense.
Tim (4.5) – He had some sort of aerial presence but is at fault for the second goal for going down much too easily.
Jae (5) – Thought Ghana’s pace would trouble him more, but he did alright. Why he went down so easily is a bit of a mystery.
Tim (5) – No obvious individual mistakes, but backline was struggling.
Jae (5.5) – Battled hard most of the game, but was too lazy/tired on Ghana’s fourth. Made no effort to stop the cross.
Tim (5) – See KYG.
Jae (6) – Thought Yoon was better this time, but his offensive output was limited.
Tim (4.5) – I don’t ever want to see his face again. I wanted Duri or some other fullback like that, not this dude. Largely at fault for first goal, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Jae (5) – Looked off pace, and that wasn’t surprising. In and out for Kashiwa since returning from his injury.
Tim (5) – Didn’t mark his man on the third goal and the defensive midfield wasn’t that organized.
Jae (5.5) – Want to give him two ratings. Offensively Ki was much better, but his poor defensive positioning and over aggressive covering hurt the team on goals one and three.
Tim (6) – I think he did his job. His sliding tackles were for the most part accurate.
Jae (6) – Defensively solid again (although he’s still too aggressive in pursuing the ball for my tastes), but still offers nothing going forward.
Tim (7) – The attacking movement looked very good in the first half, Son hit the post and was very lively.
Jae (6) – Looked better, but Ghana’s willingness to attack gave him the space he needs to thrive.
Tim (5.5) – Invisible captain Koo. I mean every time he touches the ball he turns it over.
Jae (5.5) – Did he do anything? Kim Bo-Kyung looked much better.
Tim (7) – Nice shot in first half just wide. Looked a lot more confident and one of our harder working players.
Jae (6.5) – Did well on the right, an as expected performance from Lee Chung-Yong.
Tim (6) – I almost wanted to kill him for the overhead kick gone wild. He wasn’t all that bad but incognito at times.
Jae (5.5) – Better than the Tunisia game, but that’s a relative better. Still looks like club Park, and didn’t look like scoring.
Tim (6) – It’s not like the backline drastically improved with them. They get 6 because they didn’t do anything special nor anything glaringly bad as a sub.
Jae (5.5) – Lazy on Ghana’s fourth. Let Ayew just run right by him.
Tim (6) – See HJH.
Jae (SV) – Just eight minutes on the pitch, didn’t have any time.
Tim (6) – See HJH.
Jae (6) – Brought more solidity to the right back spot.
Tim (6) – I wish he remembered how to shoot properly.
Jae (6) – Provided better link up play than the player he replaced. Too bad there’s no time to see what kind of form he’s really in.
Tim (6) – Too much hesitation on that chance with the keeper, Kimbo and Ji (If memory serves me well – please correct me if I got this one wrong.)
Jae (6) – Brought much needed energy and movement up top.
Tim (6) – Didn’t really notice him all that much.
Jae (SV) – Another link up player, but goals were needed. And when Ji came on there were no goal scorers left on the pitch.
Tim – There’s so many conspiracy theories going on around BSK and other forums and fansites right now. That Hong is secretly making us look horrible to have our opponents underestimate us. Even a Russian newspaper had gone on with the theory. As much as we would like this to be true, it’s complete and utter bullshit in my opinion. But maybe Hong is keeping some of his cards hidden and playing mystery manager à la Mourinho. He said he doesn’t want to reveal Kim Shin-Wook to the world in a pre-World Cup friendly, citing his own qualities that he doesn’t want to expose. Regardless, we knew there would have to be a time of adaptation after he-who-must-not-be-named left the managing post but his favoritism in the past and inability to at least give us a decent looking team pre-World Cup is worrisome. Sure, the players get lots of the blame, but Hong needs to get that defense working. There were expectations our defense would improve since he was a former defender, but we’re not seeing that.
Let’s remember this was only a friendly. It was a big one, yes. But Brazil hasn’t started. There is still something to be hopeful about. We learned lots from this game. Capello hasn’t. Hong, you have 1 week and 13 minutes. A nation is counting on you.
Daehanminguk Fighting. Peace out.
Jae – Ultimately feel the team is still too naive defensively, which is strange considering Hong has been manager for a while now. I suspect the team’s fragility (and lack of defensive commitment) comes from the scoring woes the team has experienced and the pressure on Hong to get them flowing.