Ulsan Hyundai’s early move toward a second consecutive K-League victory is frightening. While the main players of last year’s championship are still alive, new faces are also stably settled in the team, boasting a solid overall power.
Ulsan won 3-0 with goals from Rubikson, Joo Min-gyu and Seol Young-woo in the 4th round of the Hana 1 Q K-League 2023 against Suwon FC at Munsu Stadium in Ulsan on the 19th.
With this, Ulsan continued its 4-game winning streak after the league opened, recording 12 points (4 wins), and entered the A-match break as the sole leader. In the last 4 matches, 8 goals and 2 goals were recorded, respectively, boasting a stable power across the air and defense to the extent of recording the most goals and the least goals.
Ulsan, which reached the top of the K-League for the first time in 17 years last year, did not make any major changes to its members. Lee Chung-yong, Eom Won-sang, Bakko, Park Yong-woo, Kim Young-kwon, and Cho Hyun-woo, who were the main players of last season, decided to be together this season as well.
They brought in new players and strengthened their power. Joo Min-gyu, who scored the most points in the K-League for two consecutive years, and Kim Min-hyuk, who had been strong in Ulsan, were brought in, and midfielder Esaka Ataru from the Japanese national team was also recruited. Also, by bringing in Rubiksson and Boyanich from Sweden, the 2nd line and midfield resources were reinforced.
There are a lot of changes, but we were able to quickly build a team by completing the recruitment of players early. Head coach Hong Myung-bo also said, “I am satisfied with the fact that I was able to prepare for the new season for a longer period of time while finishing the team composition early.”
Joo Min-gyu, who has already proven his ability to score in the K-League, was selected as Ulsan’s main striker. On the 12th, he scored a goal against FC Seoul and then scored consecutive goals against Suwon FC.
Rubiksson scored the winning goal against Jeonbuk Hyundai in the opening game and scored one goal and one assist against Suwon FC. In particular, not only scoring, but also helping the team greatly in defense through sincere pressure and vigorous activity radius.
Boyanich, who made his debut in the K-League through the match against Suwon FC, is a great addition to his team’s power with his defensive power, wide vision and accurate passing ability. Kim Min-hyeok and Ataru are playing the role of Altoran as they are put in as starters and replacements.
With the new faces settling down,온라인바카라 players who led the championship last season, such as Lee Chung-yong, Bako, and Martin Adam, are waiting on the bench to play in the second half. Coach Hong Myung-bo also believes enough to say, “It is difficult to make a list of candidates,” and the fact that there are ample resources to field them is a great strength for Ulsan, which is playing a long game.
New faces show amazing adaptability to the existing players equipped with ‘winning mentality’ through the championship last season, and Ulsan is growing a dream of winning the first two consecutive championships, which has not been achieved so far.