Jeonbuk winger Lee Dong-jun, who met after a home game against Suwon FC on the 21st, spoke of ‘resurrection’ in a calm voice.
Lee Dong-jun said, “I think I have a trauma rather than a trauma because I keep getting injured. I think I have to overcome it step by step.”스포츠토토
After a short European life last winter, he joined Jeonbuk with high expectations. In the opening match on February 25, he fatefully met his former team, Ulsan, and performed explosively as the league’s best junjok. Until he suddenly got injured early in the second half.
Lee Dong-jun sighed, saying, “I did well in winter training and was in good shape (on the day of the opening game),” and “I lost a lot of condition after getting injured.
After about a month, he returned through the match against Pohang on April 1st. He made a comeback from injury, but Lee Dong-jun, ‘the one we used to know’, has not yet returned. Even in the 14th round with Suwon FC, which started in about a month, the advantages such as penetration into the opponent’s back space and flashing shooting were not shown.
Lee Dong-jun promised, “I have to think more, focus more, and improve my condition to show a better image.”
Lee Dong-jun’s unexpected sluggishness was also a bad news for Jeonbuk. Former coach Kim Sang-sik prepared a forward pressure strategy centered on Lee Dong-jun during winter training. The tactics that embarrassed Ulsan in the first half of the opening game with Ulsan disappeared with Lee Dong-jun’s injury.
Lee Dong-joon said, “(After coach Kim Sang-sik resigned) I told him to let go of himself and play as a team,” and said, “It seems that (under the acting system of Kim Doo-hyun) we are doing more tactical training.”
Coach Kim made tactical changes such as Baek Seung-ho’s aggressive appointment, Maeng Seong-woong’s left-back placement, and the partnership between ‘backup’ Koo Ja-ryong and Jung Tae-wook, leading the team to an undefeated 4-game streak (2 wins, 2 draws). In the match against Suwon FC, Baek Seung-ho, Song Min-kyu, and Park Jin-seop scored consecutive goals to win 3-1, raising the league ranking to 7th place.
The second confrontation with rival Ulsan is approaching. On the 3rd of next month, the two teams will face off this time in Jeonju Castle. Lee Dong-jun, who tasted ‘home cheering, home victory’ in the match against Suwon FC, said, “I’m looking forward to it. Since we lost in the last game, I want to show a Jeonbuk-like appearance and celebrate with the home fans,” expressing his determination to win.