Hong Myung-bo, Ulsan, “league 1st run” “Guide the players to be angry… The secret to not losing a losing streak is ‘active communication’”

Ulsan head coach Hong Myung-bo instructs the players on the strategy in the professional soccer Hana 1Q K League 1 Ulsan Hyundai vs. FC Seoul match held at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan on the 14th. Ulsan = Yonhap News

Hong Myung-bo (54), coach of Ulsan Hyundai, who is holding onto the top spot in the professional soccer Hana One Q K League 1 2023 season, cited “communication with the players” as the reason for not losing in a row.

Coach Hong told Yonhap News on the 15th about the secret of not losing in a row since the 2021 season.

Ulsan has had consecutive draws since the 2021 season when coach Hong took office, but has never lost more than two times in a row.

Coach Hong said, “When we lose, we work together with the players to find out how to prepare for the next game.” It’s important to talk about what we need for the next game.”

Next, coach Hong also commented on the performance of this season. He said, “It’s still early in the season, but the percentage of runs scored by the opponent’s counterattack has decreased by more than 30% compared to last year.” This year has improved considerably in that respect.”

In fact, Ulsan has conceded only 11 runs until the 13th round this season, allowing only 0.85 goals per game on average. This is the lowest goal among 12 K-League 1 teams.

In addition, Ulsan scored 26 goals in 13 games and scored 2 goals per game, ranking second after FC Seoul (27 goals, 2.07 goals per game).

Coach Hong said, “There were several scenes this year where the flow changed due to complacent play in the second half after being ahead in the score,” but said, “This year, the team as a whole is not slacking off.”

Ulsan, which has accumulated 34 points (11 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), is currently in first place, beating second-place Seoul by 11 points.

Jung Jae-woo Online News Reporter [email protected]

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