“I don’t think the word ‘survival king’ can be a modifier for us anymore. Since it is close to Incheon Airport, I want to become a team that often participates in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (CL).”
Incheon United coach Cho Sung-hwan made this announcement at the K-League Media Day event held at the International Hotel in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on the 14th. Incheon performed beyond expectations last season. The image of the ‘King of Survival’ was strong, but he accumulated points step by step and finished the league in 4th place. It was also the first time since the club was founded that it was qualified to step on the Asian stage.
There has been 스포츠토토a great change since the appointment of Joe. In 2020, he took charge of a team in danger of relegation, and dramatically led the retention, after which the team gradually began to shed the image of the king of retention. With a sharp counterattack followed by a solid defense, the team has become a team that is not easily defeated.
Preparations for this year are also going smoothly. Shin Jin-ho, who led the Pohang Steelers to third place last year, was recruited. Shin Jin-ho scored 4 goals and 10 assists in 32 league games and was selected as the best 11 of the K-League season. Chun Seong-hoon, who experienced the German stage, also returned. As a foreign player, Jerso, who played a pivotal role in attacking Jeju United, was brought in.
Coach Cho said, “Every year at this time, there was a burden on grades and a burden on results.” We want to live up to the expectations of our fans.” When asked about his specific goal, he said, “If there is no injury, I will be able to go up to third place.”
He also revealed his strong aspirations for the first ACL. Coach Cho said, “If you show good skills in the early stages of the league, I think you will be able to take advantage of the atmosphere and bring out good performance in the ACL.” “The first goal is to pass the group stage,” he said.
Incheon had field training in Jeju for 10 days in December last year, and then raised its senses through tactical and physical training in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Recently, through a practice game in Changwon, they are refining their senses for the opening game. Coach Cho said, “I am trying to create a team that can switch between offense and defense quickly.”
Shin Jin-ho, who is attracting attention among the transfer students, said, “I came to a new club, but the expectations are greater than the burden.” When asked about his personal goals, he replied, “I want to achieve 10 or more attack points.” Shin Jin-ho, who signed a three-year contract with Incheon, said, “I want to win a championship with Incheon.”