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Koreans Abroad Weekend Recap and Midweek Schedule

(photo via dailymail.co.uk)


By @KoreaFootAbroad

Only Europa on Thursday this week.  Augsburg need to win to keep their Europa hopes alive.  With winter break nearing and Augsburg looking better, perhaps Weinzierl takes a bigger chance than he might have a few weeks ago.  As for the rest, only table position left on the line for Dortmund and Tottenham.

Thursday

Park Joo Ho -- 1 PM vs PAOK - Fox Sports 2 -  The match is at home so perhaps Tuchel goes with a stronger side, but logic and odds say that Park Joo Ho has a good chance of starting to provide players like Schmelzer a rest.  The bigger question might be at which position he lines up, but for now I think LB is the probable spot.

Koo Ja Cheol / Ji Dong Won / Hong Jeong Ho -- 3:05 PM at Partizan - Fox Soccer 2 Go -- I think despite what I said above, I think Koo will be rested and Ji should start.  Hong Jeong Ho may get a look if he's healthy but I think it is still too early for him though no reports one way or another have made it out yet about preparation.

Son Heung Min -- 3:05 PM vs Monaco - Fox Sports 1 -- Since Son was rested this past weekend, he should start and most likely as a CF to give Harry Kane a rest.  Although Son may be eager to get on score sheet, Tottenham do not have much to play for vs. Monaco who still has a chance of moving on.  We'll see how Son handles a tough team in this scenario.

Weekend Recap Dec 3rd

Mixed to poor all around and still in process of watching Kim Jin Su match so here we go:


Yun Suk Young -- Didn't start and thus was left off the squad.  New manager starts today so we'll see where/how/if Yun fits in. I'm not expecting any major changes barring injury or problems with Konchesky (beyond what's already gone on).

Koo Ja Cheol -- Continued his good form, running hard covering the most ground, winning the most tackles and duels, and some good passing as well.  And now Augsburg's

Ji Dong Won -- Came on as a late sub and did ok though was mostly on for fresh leg purposes.

Hong Jeong Ho -- He returned to team training but still not fit enough for a match.

Kim Jin Su -- Played 90... haven't watched whole match but looked strong for the first part that I saw.  I'll try to update later in day.

Ki Sung Yueng -- He had some really nice touches... and then his quality ran off a cliff.  He looked really uncertain of his role and he made so many uncharacteristic errors.  A particularly disappointing performance, even relative to the poor showings of his teammates.

Son Heung Min -- He was a surprising sub, as it appears that Pochettino wants to have him up front midweek in Europa to give Kane a rest.  He was sharp enough when he came on, but the match was really struggling vs Pulis' suffocating tactics and a lack of precision from Tottenham.  Some good passes from the center from Son, though he failed to create any real danger in his appearance.

Suk Hyun Jun -- Two goals and an assist.  The only question that remains will be what his exemplary fall will translate into in January.  Last time he got acclimated to Portugal, he was sold off to the desert.  I think this time he'll have much better options, though we'll see if its in Portuguese La Liga or elsewhere in Europe.

Park Joo Ho -- With Weigl out, PJH came on as a DM sub with 10 or so minutes left in the match.  Even though his appearance was brief, he looked good with several excellent interceptions and functional offensive contributions.  The only downside of his performance was not getting more out of a breakaway opportunity... he decided to kill time and hold up the ball, but was knocked down (in what looked like a foul) and he lost possession rather than eat up time, let alone create a scoring chance.

Lee Chung Yong -- Incredibly disappointingly, LCY was left off the matchday squad in favor of Mutch and four strikers.  I have to think his future at Palace is very limited when Pardew prefers to play players out of position (one was almost sold in summer, and the other whose loan was rumored to be nearly cancelled) over Chungy.

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