‘5 goals in 6 games → 7 goals against Seoul – 2 assists’ Bakko’s candid thoughts “This is the first slow start” with a smile

 A soccer ball is round. Ulsan’s Bako (30) is a byword for breaking through net defense even in narrow areas with his dazzling dribbling.

A member안전놀이터 of the Georgia national team, he made his nest in Ulsan in 2021. He scored 9 goals-3 assists in 34 appearances his first year. Last year, he scored 8 goals and 1 assist in 37 games, helping Ulsan win the K-League 1 for the first time in 17 years.

But this season the world has changed again. Rubiksson from Sweden joined in. Coach Hong Myung-bo gave Bakko more opportunities at the starting line. But he was pushed back by Rubiksson.

While Rubiksson scored 5 goals and assisted 1, his name also faded. But the old one was a good one. Bacco’s reputation has been restored.

He led the team to a 3-2 victory by scoring multiple goals in the home game against FC Seoul in the 13th round of the ‘Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023’ held at Ulsan World Cup Stadium on the 14th. Bako has been showing off his incredible firepower, scoring five goals in his last six matches. He finally got his smile back.

After the game against Seoul, Bako said, “It was a very tough game. Seoul is a good team. They put a lot of tough pressure in the first 5 minutes. Seoul played well in the first half, but we played better in the second half. We deserve the 3 points. there is,” he said.

Ulsan ran 5 consecutive victories with Bako’s one-man show at the forefront. With a record of 11 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, with 34 points, the ‘solo system’ was further consolidated. The difference between Seoul, Jeju, and Pohang (23 points above), which are in second place, widened to 11 points, or double digits. The jinx continued. Starting with a 1-0 victory on April 14, 2018, Ulsan ran undefeated in 17 matches (13 wins, 4 draws) against Seoul.

Bako expressed his sincerity after the Seoul match. He emphasized, “I started the season with a slow start and was disappointed in myself. This is the first time I have had a slow start like this. So I tried to do my best at every moment, and I tried not to lose faith in myself. Fortunately, my faith has returned and is leading to performance.” .

Regarding his rivalry with Rubik’s Son, he said honestly, “We are having a healthy competition. We help each other. Most importantly, I am happy that I scored recently.”

‘Seoul Killer’ has not faded. Bako recorded 7 goals and 2 assists in 8 games against Seoul. He emphasized, “Honestly, I don’t know why. I prepare like any other match. What’s special about this match is that it was a match between the 1st and 2nd place teams, and the most important thing is that the team wins and scores in this match.”

There was a chance for a hat trick. “I tried to control and shoot like the second goal, but it’s a pity. He should have controlled the ball one more time,” he hit the ground.

I bowed my head to director Hong Myung-bo. He added, “The coach said that it was the first season as a defending champion, so everyone had never experienced it. He always said to face the season with a humble attitude.

Min-jae Kim’s colleague Hvica Kvarachhelia, who is eating rice with Bako and the Georgia national team, led the Naples Scudetto for the first time in 33 years.

Bakko added, “I’m proud that Hvica is from Georgia. I’m happy to win the championship after a long time. Hvica has good talent. I’m even more proud that he’s a fellow national team member, he’s from Georgia, and the world is paying attention.”

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