We have to play up to six games with five players missing. Even the deepest squad in the world, Jeonbuk Hyundai, will be under pressure.
Jeonbuk is facing the ‘three weeks of death’. Jeonbuk sent five players to the Asian Games: Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, Park Jin-seop, Kim Jung-hoon, and Park Jae-yong. The Asian Games team convened on April 4 and will train in Changwon until the 12th, then travel to Paju NFC on the 13th for additional training until the 15th before departing for China on the 16th. Jeonbuk will have to play without them starting this weekend.메이저사이트
With military matters at stake, the call-ups are both welcome and frustrating for Jeonbuk, who have a big game coming up. The five players who were left out are all key resources. From the front line, wingers, central midfielders, and goalkeepers, there are gaps in every position. Even though Jeonbuk has built a near-double squad, it’s not easy to fill the five gaps.
The schedule is also tight. Jeonbuk will immediately begin playing in the Asian Champions League (ACL) next week. They face Gangwon FC at home on the 16th, followed by the first leg of their ACL group stage against Hong Kong’s Kitsch on the 20th. Jeonbuk hosts Gwangju FC on the 24th, before traveling to Daegu FC on the 30th and then to Thailand on October 4. They will play against Bangkok United. If the Asian Games team makes it to the final, they will have to play without five players until Oct. 8 against FC Seoul. That’s up to six games.
It”s been an important September for Jeonbuk. Jeonbuk currently sits in fifth place with 43 points. After rising under Kim Doo-hyun after the resignation of Kim Sang-sik, Jeonbuk seemed to quickly fall back to earth under Dan Petrescu. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before they could reclaim their last pride of place. However, the plan has gone awry as of late, as the team has fallen into a slump with three draws and one loss in four matches. Meanwhile, the second-place Pohang Steelers (53 points) remain unbeaten and have widened the gap even further. With only nine games left until the end of the season, the team is in desperate need of a last-minute spurt.
Add to that the fact that ACL needs to make up for his season-long absence. Jeonbuk will have their work cut out for them, but they’ll have to go nearly three weeks without key resources when it counts. For now, Petrescu has reportedly focused on setting the tone with intense training sessions during the A-Match break. Fortunately, there are no major injuries. With a style that emphasizes the best 11 over rotation, the focus will be on getting key players fit.