Will Daegu FC, a professional soccer player, prepare a stepping stone for a leap forward? Daegu, whose performance has recently fallen, will play two consecutive matches against the ‘promoted team of the storm’ this season.
This month, Daegu’s performance has not been revived. In the match against Incheon on the 1st (0-0), it showed colorless operation, but in the match against Seoul on the 8th (0-3 loss), it completely collapsed, allowing 3 goals in the first half only.
In the third round of the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup held on the 12th, against Cheonan City FC, which was evaluated as the underdog, they narrowly won 2-1 after an extra bloody battle. Cheonan was the team that stayed at the bottom of the K-League 2 after losing all 6 matches after opening.
Recently, Daegu’s problem lies in attack rather than defense. In the case of mass conceding against Seoul, all of them occurred in dead ball situations such as set pieces and penalty kicks. Looking at the open play situation alone, Daegu’s defensive concentration and organizational ability have improved compared to last season.
However, Daegu’s offensive development is difficult to receive good reviews. The crude pass starting from the midfield was often cut off by the opponent’s defense every time, and the defenders wasted opportunities with meaningless long passes rather than building up from the rear. Hwang Jae-won and Keita, flank defenders스포츠토토, often joined the attack and delivered quality crosses, which was the only threatening weapon.
For Daegu fans, the content itself is disappointing, regardless of the outcome of the game. Daegu invites Gwangju FC and Daejeon Hana Citizen to their home on the 16th and 22nd, respectively. After promoting the two teams to the K-League stage this season, they are producing good results with performances that exceed expectations. It is Daegu that needs to recapture the hearts of departing fans by displaying hot offense in this two-game series at home.
There is also good news. ‘Ace’ Sejingya, who left the team for a long time due to injury, is expected to step on the ground again. In the last three games, Lee Keun-ho and Baselus played the role of Sejingya, but the gap was evident. Cesingya is a player with dribble breakthrough, scoring ability, and linkage skills. Depending on whether Sejingya participates or not, it will be a completely different team.
Gwangju, which we will meet on the 16th, is a team that is ranked 5th, three steps ahead of Daegu (8th). They gained momentum by taking down Incheon and Suwon, but Pohang caught the tail in the last stage. Although the rise has been dampened, Gwangju’s intense forward pressure and quick air defense transition are threatening enough for Daegu. In particular, Asani, the goal scorer of Gwangju, who is currently leading the league in scoring (4 goals), is the number one target to be wary of.
Meanwhile, Daegu is behind Gwangju with 7 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses. In the last 10 games, the record is a little ahead with 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. Attention is focusing on whether Daegu can win the ‘Moonlight Derby’ against Gwangju and reverse the atmosphere.