Ulsan, which does not distinguish between starting and non-starting, must overcome fatigue to solidify the lead

Ulsan Hyundai invites Gwangju FC to their home and challenges their winning streak.

Ulsan will play the home game of the 10th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 against promoted team Gwangju at Munsu Soccer Stadium on the 30th at 7:00 pm.

Currently, ㅋㅋㅋ벳Ulsan is in the lead with 22 points from 7 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. With this victory against Gwangju, Ulsan has to overcome the 2nd place Pohang Steelers (19 points) with a winning streak again.

On the 22nd, Ulsan won a valuable victory point by demonstrating its backbone in the Pohang Steelers and East Coast Derby (2-2), and then left for Incheon United 3 days later. A partial rotation was operated to give opportunities to players who usually had less playing time. Martin Adam’s winning goal in the 9th minute of the first half kept well and came back with a 1-0 victory. Adam scored the first goal of the season by turning Kang Yoon-gu’s left-footed cross into a powerful header.

One of the reasons why this victory was even more meaningful was that coach Hong Myung-bo wrote a new history in the K-League. Coach Hong Myung-bo has been directing the team for the third season after taking office as Ulsan’s 11th command tower on December 24, 2020. He defeated Incheon and achieved the feat of 50 wins. With 50 wins, 22 draws and 13 losses in 85 matches, in 786 days (from the first win after taking office, Gangwon FC 5-0 on March 1, 2021), he climbed to the top of 50 wins in the shortest period as a K-League coach. It is the will to continue this trend to the Gwangju match.

Um Won-sang of ‘Um Sala’ faces his parents’ team. Eom Won-sang was from Gwangju Youth Kumho High School and has been in Gwangju for three seasons since the 2019 season. He moved to Ulsan in the 2022 season and played 33 league games, scoring a career high with 12 goals and 6 assists. He contributed to Ulsan’s third championship. He has scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 9 appearances this season. It is of interest whether they will stick a dagger in Gwangju.

Ulsan is a natural enemy of Gwangju. It is strong enough to hold an overwhelming advantage with 14 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss in 21 matches. Starting with a 1-0 away victory on August 29, 2015, they have been undefeated in 14 matches (9 wins, 5 draws) for 8 years. In the most recent 2021 season, all 3 games were won. 

Carelessness is forbidden. On the 16th, Ulsan lost 1-2 to Daejeon Hana Citizen, another promoted team. Gwangju also uses a lot of running football with coach Lee Jung-hyo’s firm style. Ulsan’s biggest enemy is ‘carelessness’. Recently, they are struggling with fatigue and injuries from consecutive games, but regardless of whether they are starting or non-starting, resources are waiting for them to do their part no matter which player participates. The goal is to give the home fans a thrilling victory by demonstrating the power of the defending champion as the ‘one team’.

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