‘15,738 people’, the protester in the largest crowd, Shin Jin-ho and the coach pledged to change
Incheon United showed their willingness to respond to the anger of the fans who said, ‘If you don’t admit failure, you will only break up’.
Round 13 of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 14th. The home team, Incheon, had the most heavy cheering of the season. On this day, the audience was filled with 15,738 spectators, the most since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Excluding the fans of Jeonbuk Hyundai, who filled the 2,400-seat Jeongjeon seats in green, the voices supporting Incheon were louder than ever.
In the meantime,안전놀이터 there were sharp hints. Before the game, a message demanding a rebound appeared in Incheon’s supporters’ seats. Banners with the words ‘Unchanging grades and stubbornness’ and ‘Decisions made quickly’ fluttered. After the kick-off, these hooks were changed to support from enthusiastic fans, but the message ‘If you don’t admit failure, you will only break up’ was exposed throughout the game, which was displayed in a position where the players could easily see it.
Many complaints from fans boil down to ‘change’. Incheon ranked 4th last season and will be in the Asian Champions League for the first time this year. Based on this achievement, they succeeded in signing big players such as Shin Jin-ho, Zerso, Cheon Seong-hun, and Mpoku. Now that Incheon has met all of their opponents once, they have won points that far fell short of expectations.
There was a lot of tactical advice. Incheon’s plan A this year was 3-4-3. It was a way to put them in the midfield because they had Lee Myung-joo and Shin Jin-ho, the league’s top midfielders, but they went through a considerable transition. Despite the series of games with poor control, they stuck to the formation to achieve the goal. This is the stubbornness that fans have been talking about.
Director Cho Seong-hwan made a big decision. Against Jeonbuk, for the first time, he brought out a 3-5-2 formation. Shin Jin-ho and Lee Myung-joo added Mun Ji-hwan to increase the number of midfielders. Coach Cho Seong-hwan said, “Everything doesn’t work out the way I want it to. I changed it to make use of the player’s strengths and create content and results.”
▲ Despite the attempt to change, the first result was a disappointing draw ⓒ Korea Professional Football Federation
showed potential. With players who kick the ball in a cute way in the midfield, Incheon’s attack attempts have definitely increased. Against Jeonbuk, he attempted 9 shots and connected 7 effectively. Coach Cho Seong-hwan also expressed his intention to change it to the main option, saying, “It was the first game played as a 3-middle, but it was not bad in possession of the ball.”
It also acknowledged the failure of the existing strategy. Director Cho Seong-hwan said, “I admit that the director made a mistake in the current location and content, which is not good. I will return to the beginning and work harder to produce results in the future.”
Just changing the formation doesn’t mean that the results will come out instantly. From the standpoint of the players, they have to fight to improve their perfection again. Shin Jin-ho explained, “3-5-2 and 3-4-3 are unexpectedly different.” “I tried 3-5-2 for the first time. There may have been bad parts, but I saw the good side. It was prepared through a short time conversation. It looks like you’ve done something.”
▲ Incheon soccer stadium with the largest number of spectators since COVID-19 ⓒ Korea Professional Football Federation
It takes time. It is a condition required of Shin Jin-ho as well as Incheon. Regarding the evaluation that it was somewhat sluggish, he said, “I have to come to Incheon and match the play I can do well with the play the team is good at. I need more breathing,” he said.
I feel the urgency myself. Shin Jin-ho said, “I have a strong desire to win. I lose several times during the season, but it is true that it is difficult because I am not used to losing a lot.” He expressed his intention to respond to the fans’ petition.