Ki Sung-yong’s ‘provocation’ ceremony, “It’s no fun without a story”

Korean soccer legend Ki Sung-yueng is a player who has played many fierce rival matches. Ki Sung-yong believed that provocations against his opponents made the story, and only then did the league develop.

FC Seoul won 3-1 against Suwon Samsung in the 8th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 2:00 pm on the 22nd. With this victory, Seoul went undefeated in three league games, and rose to second place with 16 points. On the other hand, away team Suwon recorded 3 consecutive league losses with 8 draws (2 draws and 6 losses) and could not get out of 12th place with 2 points.

The match was one-sided. Suwon tried to turn around with a 3-back card, but lost the initiative to Seoul, and Seoul led the game from the beginning of the game. Seoul had national striker Na Sang-ho. In the 37th minute of the first half, Hwang Ui-jo and Na Sang-ho, who created space through a pass play, attempted a sharp shot from inside the box, which shook the net.

Afterwards, Na Sang-ho continued his ceremony by putting his hand to his ear in front of his biggest rival Suwon fans, and the Suwon fans had no choice but to watch. Afterwards, Seoul was able to win a complete victory thanks to Hwang Ui-jo’s additional goal in the 7th minute of the second half and Palosevich’s key goal in the 36th minute of the second half.

Ki Sung-yong, who returned from injury, also started as a starter, showed his class, took control of the midfield, and contributed to the complete victory.

After the game, Ki Sung-yueng said, “The process of preparing was not easy. But it was meaningful to win. I think it became a more meaningful super match because a lot of fans came.” I don’t know, but I think I won more after returning to Korea from abroad.”

The hot topic of the day was Na Sang-ho’s provocation ceremony. Na Sang-ho silenced the away fans of Suwon, and created more stories as the difference in performance between Seoul and Suwon was stark.

Regarding this, Ki Sung-yueng said, “That’s why I think ‘Super Match’ is fun. I don’t think it’s fun without a story. Last year, when we lost at home, the Suwon players also had a provocative ceremony. I think that’s natural. We have to win. When I score a goal against a rival, I think that such a ceremony comes out because the joy is greater, and fans like it more and the story builds up more after seeing such a ceremony.”

The process of preparing for his return from injury was not easy. Still, it was meaningful to win. I think it became a more meaningful super match because a lot of fans came.

-‘100th Super Match’ How many Super Matches are you personally?

I think I jumped about 12-13 times. I don’t know, but I think I won more after returning to Korea from overseas.

– This Super Match was so different that it felt like a match between a strong team and a weak team. how do you evaluate

When I analyzed Suwon before the game, I didn’t think it was a team that would be at the bottom. However, with many injured players and a change of manager, I think the team is in a chaotic situation. In terms of performance alone, I think Suwon should go up. Looking at the K-League as a whole, I feel regretful because the team called Suwon has had a lot of history and good looks.

– After Na Sang-ho scored, he held a provocative ceremony in front of Suwon fans. How did you feel when you saw this?

i didn’t see I couldn’t see it because I was being tackled.

– The player himself once performed a provocative ceremony in a super match. Does the ceremony raise the mood in a rival match?

That’s why I think ‘Super Match’ is fun. I don’t think there’s any fun without a story. When we lost at home last year, the Suwon players also made a provocative ceremony. I think that is natural. When I score a goal against a rival that I have to beat, I feel more joy, so I think that kind of ceremony comes out and fans like it more and the story builds up more when they see that kind of ceremony.

-Are you thinking of holding a provocative ceremony when you score a goal in the next super match?

The annual leave is so full that I think it will just pass quietly.

-Last year and this year, the beginning of the season in Seoul is very different. What changes have occurred?

First of all, the quality of the team has improved. With the reinforcement of the squad, competition within the squad intensified. Even players who do not qualify for the starting lineup are sufficiently competitive. Even if someone is injured, the team seems to have become stronger because the players can make up for it.

As for the change in the tactical part, in the case of last year, the coach ordered us to be aggressive. It’s good to be aggressive and score a goal from a chance, but when we couldn’t score, we were vulnerable to counterattacks and conceded many goals. This year, through tactical adjustments, the offense and defense were balanced. Thanks to that, the defense is stable, and in addition to that, it seems to be showing better performance than last year in set plays and producing good results.

Currently, Seoul is playing a match that could bring results. The past few years have been difficult because we have not brought results, but this year I think we should be able to bring results and fight in a high position. Then naturally, I think players can put down the burden and enjoy playing. We are not yet at that stage, but we are trying to get the results while enjoying the high position by accumulating points one by one in each game.

-Similar to current Suwon, there was a time when Seoul did not perform well last year and fans grew angry. At that time, do the players feel a lot of pressure and find it difficult to show their true skills?

Naturally, players feel a lot of pressure. I think Seoul and Suwon actually have thicker fan bases than any other team. The pressure that comes from that is enormous. I think it is difficult to play in Seoul and Suwon unless the players have strong mentality. I think that is the reason why there were many national team players when Seoul and Suwon competed for the championship in the past. Seoul and Suwon always want to win and think they have to win, so I think that’s what the players have to overcome. I think the reason we had a hard time over the past few years was because we couldn’t overcome this kind of pressure. The current Suwon players probably think it’s the same reason. So I think it’s unfortunate, but I think it’s a part that we have to overcome.

-Recently, many fans have come to visit us. does it give you strength?

Of course it’s a force. Following the last match against Daegu, a lot of fans came to cheer me up. I think that more people come because our performance is good and we are winning. I believe that if we do well, many fans will come to visit us. 메이저놀이터

– Even when you were in Europe, you probably had a lot of experience in rival matches. What was the most fun match?

The toughest match was the ‘Old Firm Derby’ between Celtic and Rangers. In Korea, the super match against Suwon is memorable. Before I went to Europe, I remember that it was fierce because the two teams were always competing for the championship in the top ranks. But last year, it was regrettable because we competed in the relegation zone. If we continue to compete for the championship, I think it will be a more competitive and intense match in the K-League.

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