Jeonbuk Hyundai’s slump is not unusual.
스포츠토토 Jeonbuk suffered a 1-2 comeback defeat against Gangwon FC in the 30th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 16th. Jeonbuk, who seemed to be winning easily with Gustavo converting a penalty kick earned by Han Kyo-won just 5 minutes into the game, collapsed after conceding consecutive goals to Gangwon Gabriel and Gallego in extra time in the first half. In the 30th minute of the second half, Kim Dae-won scored a key goal and collapsed.
Of course, there were variables in which five key players, including Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-gyu, Park Jin-seop, Kim Jeong-hoon, and Park Jae-yong, were selected to the Asian Games national team, but even taking this into account, the performance was not very good. On this day, Jeonbuk took an early lead at home, but was one-sided by the opponent’s attack. The number of shots fired in the first half was absolutely inferior with 3 to 13. Ultimately, this trend led to consecutive goals being conceded in extra time. To make matters worse, heavy rain fell in the second half, making it impossible for a normal game to be played. Jeonbuk floundered in the heavy rain and fell once again at home.
It’s not just the game today. There is clearly a problem with Jeonbuk’s recent performance. There is no win in the last 5 games with 3 draws and 2 losses. Even if we expand the scope to the last 7 games, there is only 1 win (3 draws, 3 losses). Petrescu-style soccer, which focuses on Boateng and sends the ball quickly to the side and then finishes, is not working well. The destructive power of the front line has noticeably decreased due to the transfer of Cho Kyu-sung and the poor performance of foreign strikers such as Gustavo and Hapa Silva, but Coach Petrescu’s monotonous attack appears to be being read by the opposing defense. Jeonbuk has only scored three goals in the last five games. The defense that supported Jeonbuk is also poor, conceding 6 goals in 5 games.
Jeonbuk, which once rose to 3rd place, fell to 5th place due to recent sluggish performance. Jeonbuk, which has dominated the league for the past decade, has always been in the championship zone. Even though the team experienced several difficulties, including the resignation of coach Kim Sang-sik due to poor performance at the beginning of this season, there were many evaluations that they would be able to secure a ticket to the Asian Champions League (ACL). But right now, we can’t guarantee going to Final A, let alone ACL. Final A is Jeonbuk’s last pride. Jeonbuk has never been lowered to Final B since the introduction of the promotion system. Even when famous teams such as Ulsan Hyundai, FC Seoul, Pohang Steelers, and Suwon Samsung all experienced Final B and faced crises, Jeonbuk always played in the top tier.
The problem is that there is no point in sight for a rebound. Coach Petrescu is not the tactician type. He has a style that is good at establishing a clear plan A and then leading the team forward. Just looking at it right now, they are sticking to the existing 4-4-2 structure. He is saying that it is difficult to make major changes to the underperforming offensive line. In addition, the Asian Champions League group stage begins on the 20th, and the schedule has become tighter. If the Asian Games reach the finals, Jeonbuk will have to play the league and the Asian Champions League without its core five players for over two weeks. In this case, it becomes more difficult to find a point of change. Players who were underperforming have no choice but to revive.
He said, ‘I’m not worried about Jeonbuk,’ but the situation is different now. In the worst case, we could see Jeonbuk fighting a relegation battle in Final B