Three points! But Korea has some work to do.
Against a weak team, I expected must higher standard of performance. Despite the win, it was disappointing to see no goals scored from an open-play.
Myanmar, unsurprisingly, sat back and packed everyone in defense. Did they defend well?
They were all over the place, disorganized in shape, and looked clueless when they had the ball. For the first 15 minutes, Korea moved the ball well and really used the space that Myanmar players gave. I gathered some clips in first 15 minutes that were good moments for Korea. I also gathered how Korea completely loses what they were doing after that first 15 minutes. (See the video below and please feel free to comment on my analysis.)
Playing defense for 90 minutes is a very difficult task both mentally and physically. That being said, Korea needed to stay patient for the other team to make the mistake and keep the ball moving to open up space. In all, with urgency to go to goal and stay on guard to penalize Myanmar whenever they make the mistake.
There was no sense of urgency: rushing movements, forcing passes, eating up teammates’ space, taking too long to pass, and even walking…Instead of forcing mistakes, players over-committed in defense and created space for the opponent players.
Myanmar, despite being indiscipline in defense and harmless in attack, somehow managed to stay in the game for a long period of time.
In all of this, Ki Sung Yueng was missed as he has been the one keeping the ball moving and distributing to open space behind defenders. (Ki missed the game due to a minor surgery on his knee last May.)
As game went on, Son Heung Min had to fill in that role. However Son is a type of player who’s much more preferred to be on the end of attack, firing goals.
Korea plays the 4-2-3-1 system, but it ends up being the 4-4-2 with two center midfielders’ playing holding. Time to time, I would see so much gap in between the striker and the center midfielders. I’ve seen this problem before in different games.
Korea should consider placing Ki in that attacking center midfielder position behind the striker as he has developed his game to whole another level with Swansea last season. He will fill in that space and bring in more creativity in attack.
I hope to watch as many as Korean games I can and update you how the Korean team is evolving and developing for the 2018 Russia World Cup.
Again, feel free to comment on things you agree/disagree.