After the Asian Games gold medal…Pohang’s Ko Young-jun “I feel so good that even if someone slaps me on the back, I laugh it off and try not to get excited”
October 21, 2023 | by bookmeforphotographers.com
“If someone punches me in the back of the head on the street, I’ll be able to laugh and move on.”
Pohang Steelers’ Ko Young-jun returned from the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games with a gold medal. While competing with Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) as a second-stringer, he contributed to the gold medal with his signature rhythmic dribbling and split-second movement.
He returned to the league on Nov. 20 against Incheon United at the Pohang Steel Yard. “Personally, I felt good, but there was some pressure to play better when I joined the team than when I was out. Even the coach jokingly said, ‘You should play as a five-man. I didn’t want to look like I wasn’t giving my best, so I tried to play as hard as I could. You can’t get cocky just because you won a gold medal because that’s what you’re supposed to do. You have to try to do better than you did before,” he said.
Against Incheon, Ko was deployed on the second line and looked threatening with his penetration and dribbling. However, he was unable to record any offensive points. “As the game was coming to a close, I was thinking that I needed to focus on scoring when I had the chance. I watched the Pohang game as much as I could in China. Instead of thinking that I should score a goal, I thought that I wanted to win unconditionally because we were heading into a crucial period, so I was disappointed.”
People around him say that he seems to be in a good mood after winning the gold medal. “I’m definitely in a good mood. Even if someone slaps me on the back of the head on the road, I’m in such a good mood that I can laugh and move on,” he laughed, adding, “I’ve never lost myself in my own thoughts or made impressions. Still, I tried not to get excited. There were Asian Games competitors there, so I tried not to show it,” he said.
“There’s a group messaging room with Asian Games members. I’m not a big talker, but it’s very active. We talk about getting together sometimes, if not often. I don’t know if we’ll ever meet. It’s active.”
Now it’s back to the drawing board. Pohang also has the Asian Champions League (ACL) and the Korean Football Association (FA) Cup to contend with. The FA Cup is only two games away. In the league, they also have to defend their second place. “I’ve never seen a schedule like this before,” says Ko. We can’t let Gwangju FC catch us in the league. We don’t want to miss anything. We want to bring good results, but it might not happen. It would be great to win the league and the FA Cup, but we have to be ready to grab the opportunity when it comes. I think I have to put aside my personal greed. I want to help the team in any way I can.” 카지노사이트