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Aleksandar Pešić: "I like assists, I like dribbling but I like to score"

Interview: FC Seoul's Aleksandar Pešić: "I like assists, I like dribbling but I like to score."
FC Seoul striker Aleksandar Pešić was instrumental in the build up to Seoul's second goal during the K League 1 Round 4 2-0 win over Sangju Sangmu, laying the ball into Park Chuyoung before Jung Wonjin fired in the rebound. Whilst a goal would have been welcomed by the 26 year-old, Pešić revealed in a post-match interview that he is more than happy to create opportunities for his teammates.
(Image via FC Seoul)


FC Seoul's 2-0 win over Sangju Sangmu placed Choi Yongsoo's men at the top of the K League 1 table. For the first time since a winter move from Al-Ittihad, Serbian striker Aleksandar Pešić was in the starting lineup for FC Seoul.

The former Toulouse and Atalanta striker wasn't able to get on the score sheet himself but made notable contributions throughout. FC Seoul's second goal of the afternoon stemmed from a well-placed pass from Pešić into Park Chuyoung 12 yards out. Park's shot was parried by Sangju goalkeeper Yun Bosang before Jung Wonjin rifled home the rebound.

Speaking after the game, the 26 year-old affirmed that helping others score is just as an important part of his game as finding the back of the net himself is.

"I always play like this, I am a striker but I don't play football just to score. I play football for the team, to take three points and for what I like. I like assists, I like dribbling, I also like to score but for me first, to my team it's winning.

"It was a good game, it was important to take three points and continue like this. I think it's [we could have had] two to three goals more to score but it's okay, it's really good to take three points."

"Before I came to Seoul for one month I wasn't training and after I started training with the team in Japan [pre-season training camp in Kagoshima] and after that I picked up an injury and was out for two weeks. Now I have ice on it, I feel a little it [the injury] but my condition is better - not 100% but okay. I don't want to just speak about this, that I am not 100% - if you want me to play I am ready."

Having played in Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1 as well as the Serbian SuperLiga amongst others, the K League is the eighth league which Pešić has played in throughout his career. The K League, though, is quite different from them all:

"It's different, a lot of things are different. It's more aggressive, there's more running. In Italy or in Europe it's a lot different but I see in Korea a lot of aggression and fighting in the game - contact.

"In France it is very hard, all the players are very fast and strong. There are a lot of players who can jump like crazy, fast like crazy, [are] strong like crazy - very aggressive. I think, it's not the same, this [K League] is more quality. In Italy it's more [about] tactics, more to pass and stay behind the ball and wait for a chance to score and that's it."

During the 2-0 win over Sangju Sangju in K League 1 Round 4, Pešić seemed to cut somewhat of a lonely and frustrated figure up front in the second half as Seoul went to more of a 5-3-1-1 but insists that things will soon begin to click:

"A lot of the players have helped me, the team the coach also. But yes, you need a little time to adapt to how to play, how to move. But in training I try to adapt, to be faster. I think in two to three games, I will be 100%."

The win, Seoul's third in four with four consecutive clean sheets, will have come as a surprise to many, particularly after the beleaguered capital club suffered the indignity of an appearance in the Promotion/Relegation Playoff Final last term. But, sitting top of the table for the first time since 2016, the Sangam faithful may just be starting to believe 2018 is well and truly behind them. 

Pešić though, despite being satisfied with what he has seen so far, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground but admits that Seoul's performances do bode well for the future:

"I don't like to speak long time ahead; I always try to think about the next game but if you play like this, all together, stay compact, running for all of us to be like a team, I think you have a good chance to take a good place in the table."

Up next for FC Seoul and Aleksandar Pešić is a trip to the Munsu to take on Ulsan Hyundai.


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