The man who will become the king of Pohang, supported by the players… “Everyone calls him ‘King’ Jong-woo

The Pohang Steelers players are expecting Kim Jong-woo to lead the team this season.

Pohang won 3-2 in the first round of ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ against Daegu FC held at Pohang Steel Yard at 2:30 pm on the 26th.

An important point for Pohang in this game was how to fill Shin Jin-ho’s void. That is why the performance of Kim Jong-woo, who was recruited as a substitute, was important. Kim Jong-woo played as a starter and worked with Oberdan. It cannot be said that he ‘perfectly’ filled Shin Jin-ho’s void, but he distributed the ball in the midfield in Kim Jong-woo’s own style.

After the game, Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong also expressed satisfaction, saying, “(Kim) Jong-woo is a style that attracts opponents and then leaves briefly. The big picture has not changed. Jong-woo has done well enough. Jong-woo also played only two practice games because of an injury and joined.” .

However, my thoughts were different. Kim Jong-woo, whom we met after the game, said, “It was a game that was very disappointing.”

[Hereinafter, Kim Jong-woo’s Q&A]

Impressions before debut

– First of all, it was a game that I personally regretted a lot. To be honest, I didn’t express it, but it’s true that the burden was a lot. The day before, I watched Incheon United and FC Seoul play, and Shin Jin-ho seemed to have a lot of pressure too. I was trying not to feel pressured, but when I went in and did it, I became impatient. It was regrettable that such an appearance appeared in play. Is

the promise to become the king of Pohang valid ?

Still, if I adapt a bit more, let go of the pressure little by little, and find my play, I might be able to do it.

Breathing with Oberdan

– It is true that communication is a bit uncomfortable. It’s best to adjust while running, but I didn’t participate much during winter training. I still don’t think it fits perfectly, but we talk a lot through interpreters. The more you adjust, the better it will become.

Coach Ki-Dong Kim praised me

for doing better than in training. Personally, I’m not really satisfied. I think the reason why the director evaluated me that way was so that I wouldn’t lose my confidence. The coach told me to switch places with Oberdan in the second half, and then two goals came out. After the director said, ‘Look at that. You just have to trust me,’ he said. I will believe and work hard.스포츠토토

What part were you dissatisfied with?

-First of all, I didn’t feel like I was leading the game at my own pace. When I played without any pressure, I always played with the feeling that I was leading the game. This match felt like I was just trying to stop it as the game went by rather than leading it.

What is different from Gwangju FC soccer

– It is the complete opposite style. I worked really hard to match my style in Gwangju for a year, but now that I come here, I play soccer in the complete opposite. It’s honestly hard to adapt.

Is it the burden of being Shin Jin-ho’s replacement, or the burden of making a fresh start in Pohang?

– It’s probably the former. I have to play the role of leading the team that Jinho hyung did. It was something the players might have faith in me. You have to show something to be able to lead, but I think I felt a lot of pressure because I couldn’t show that side of myself yet. To be honest, it was difficult because I had to adapt.

The players said they would make Kim Jong-woo the king of Pohang. -Everyone

passing by jokingly calls him King Jong-woo and jokes around saying he is the king. It seems like they do it on purpose. They’re not just kidding, they’re really trying to help.

Did you expect Lee Ho-jae to make a big success

? -I couldn’t get this far (laughs). Still, during training, Ho-jae continued to be in good shape. I thought he would do it to some extent, but he did very well.


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