Kim Do-hyuk, a key midfielder for professional soccer K-League 1 Incheon United, hoped for a successful 2023 season. In particular, the ‘2023 Hana 1Q FA Cup’, which is currently in the semifinals, was greedy not only to advance to the finals but also to win.
Incheon will play the 35th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ away to Gwangju FC at 4:30 pm on the 28th. Incheon, currently ranked 6th in the league (49 points), seeks a miraculous leap to the top by defeating Gwangju, which is ranked 3rd in the league (57 points).
Incheon has been playing a killer schedule recently. The schedule for the second half of the season after the international break in October is very tight.
Starting with the 34th round of the league against Pohang Steelers (1-1 draw) on the 20th, the 3rd match of Group G of the 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) group stage against Shandong Taishan (China) on the 25th ( lost 0-2).
After the Gwangju match on this day, the team will play the FA Cup semifinals away to Jeonbuk Hyundai in K League 1 on the 1st of next month. And on the 7th, they will go to Shandong again for the 4th game of the ACL group stage.
If Jeonbuk is defeated, the FA Cup final against the winner of the Jeju United-Pohang match on the 4th will be added. The situation is that games are played every three days over two weeks. There is even pressure that most of the games are away.
To make matters worse, I couldn’t even fasten the buttons properly in the beginning. Incheon’s team performance is declining due to a draw against Pohang and a loss against Shandong.
Kim Do-hyuk, a key player in Incheon, emphasized that the atmosphere within the team was motivated, unlike the performance. He said, “Soccer isn’t going the way we want. The season isn’t over yet. We’re sticking together and preparing well for the remaining games.”토토사이트
He continued, “Recently, Delbridge, (Shin) Jin-ho, and (Lee) Myung-joo were missing from the team due to injuries,” and pointed out that even the team’s strength was not at its best, adding, “It is true that it is difficult, but we still have to play. More power to the fans.” “I want to show you who I am,” he said emphatically.
Kim Do-hyuk explained that there are many things he wants to achieve in the remaining schedule, such as being at the top of the league and the first ACL tournament, but what he wants most is to win the FA Cup.
Incheon reached the FA Cup finals for the first time in the club’s history in the 2015 tournament. However, they lost to FC Seoul in the final and ended up in second place. Among the players who played as a starter at that time, the only player who currently remains in Incheon is ‘Incheon One Club Man’ Kim Do-hyuk.
Kim Do-hyuk said, “It’s my personal opinion, but the league game against Gwangju is more important than the FA Cup semifinals against Jeonbuk. I believe that if we catch Gwangju and turn around the atmosphere (without approval), we can gain momentum and do well against Jeonbuk. That’s why we make sure to play against Gwangju. “I want to catch it,” he said.
He said, “I have vivid memories of reaching the FA Cup final eight years ago. This time, I want to not only advance to the final, but also win the championship. It won’t be easy because the schedule is so tight, but as Incheon is good at overcoming crises, I will do well.” He emphasized.