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GWANGJU COACH LEE JUNG-HYO “SEOUL PLAYED WELL, BUT THE RESULT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF”

After their first win in 10 games against professional soccer’s FC Seoul, Gwangju FC head coach Lee Jung-hyo was pleased that his team’s fighting spirit against Seoul’s good performance ultimately paid off. Gwangju held on to Heo Yul’s early goal to defeat Seoul 1-0 in the 30th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sunday .Gwangju extended its unbeaten streak to 10 matches (5 wins, 5 draws), including three straight wins.In addition, Gwangju picked up three valuable points for the first time in 10 matches against Seoul after going nine games without a win (two draws and seven defeats).Gwangju also had the added bonus of breaking the “Seoul World Cup Stadium jinx” by winning for the 11th time in 10 matches at the stadium, having previously drawn one and lost nine .With the win over Seoul, Gwangju has now earned a point against all of its former clubs this season. After the game, Gwangju head coach Lee Jung-hyo said, “I think the players did a good job in a tough situation. We won thanks to the support of our fans away from home.” I think it’s unfair to Seoul,” said Lee Jung-hyo, “Seoul played a little better, but I think the Gwangju players spoke for themselves with the result.” He praised the players, saying, “They all fulfilled their responsibilities in a difficult situation despite their injuries.” “I usually sleep well the day before a match,” said Lee, “but to be honest, I didn’t sleep today. I thought if we lost, I wouldn’t be able to sleep, so I skipped the day, and I think that’s why I felt better,” Lee said, explaining why he roared after the win was finalized.” Goalkeeper Kim Kyung-min did a good job,” he said of keeping a clean sheet during the three-game winning streak. I think it’s a result of our offensive and defensive organization,” he said, adding, “I think we gave Seoul a lot of chances today, but we will improve through analysis .”Coach Lee Jung-hyo worried that “my head hurts thinking about the next game” and said, “We still have a long way to go. We are still lacking a lot, and we will work harder to fill this gap.” Seoul’s acting head coach Kim Jin-gyu, who fell to a heartbreaking defeat to Gwangju, said, “We tried to win the game after the second 20 minutes when the opponent’s physical strength dropped,” but he also blamed himself, saying, “I think I’m still not good enough .”Regarding his team’s inability to score despite 18 shots on goal and nine shots on target, he said, “We increased the battle in the middle of the field, even playing with three defenders, but it didn’t lead to a goal. The players tried their best, but the opponent’s defense and goalkeeper did a good job. “Acting head coach Kim Jin-gyu said, “We want to be aggressive,” adding, “Instead of changing tactics, we want to continue our basic tactics while rotating players. If we don’t have 90 minutes of stamina, we tell them to give it all in 60 minutes, and I think the players are aware of that.” He also praised Ki Sung-yueng, who played 200 games for Seoul, saying, “I hope he will continue to make 스포츠토토존 many achievements in Seoul.”

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