A word from Choi Yong-soo, who woke up the ‘U20 WC leading role’ GK who is competing in about a year

“You are Lee Kwang-yeon.”

Gangwon FC won 1-0 against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in the 10th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 29th of last month at 4:30 pm.

Gangwon won a scoreless victory, and Lee Gwang-yeon (24) was the goalkeeper for Gangwon in this game. Lee Gwang-yeon, who started as his starter and blocked all threatening shots from Jeonbuk, finished his third game of the 2023 season with a clean sheet.

In the 2019 Under-20 World Cup held in Poland, goalkeeper Lee Kwang-yeon, who played a decisive role in South Korea’s runner-up performance, spent most of the 2022 season recovering from injuries and rehabilitating. Lee Kwang-yeon, who has completed all treatment, is ready for the 2023 season.

For Lee Kwang-yeon, who played as a starter for the first time this season in the face-to-face match against Gwangju FC on the 23rd, the match was an extraordinary match. This is because it was a game in which he played for the first time in about a year and kept the goal. The match ended in a 0-0 draw, with Gangwon earning a valuable point.

Gangwon, which gained momentum, won FC Seoul 3-2 on the 26th, and then won 1-0 in the Jeonbuk Hyundai Expedition on the 29th, succeeding in winning two consecutive league victories.

Lee Gwang-yeon, who conducted a phone interview with OSEN on the 1st, said, “He has been in a state of confidence to some extent after playing in a recent game,” and said that he is in good condition.

During the competition against Jeonbuk, he grabbed his left shoulder and complained of pain, but he said, “The medical team teachers are taking good care of me. The following is a Q&A with Lee Gwang-yeon.

-After the game, the scene where you bowed your head to the home fans of Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors became a hot topic.

The atmosphere of Jeonbuk was not good, but our Gangwon had to win somehow. Jeonbuk was pushed throughout the game, so the atmosphere had to be reversed. In this situation, I handled the goal kick a little late, but at this time, Jeonbuk fans booed and told me to handle it quickly.

I said with a hand gesture that I am sorry because there is a situation with our team. We won the game, but we were very sorry for the goal kick situation earlier. It’s good to win, but I’m so sorry about the situation.

Usually, the supporters of the opposing team speak harshly to the goalkeeper in such a situation, mixing swear words. However, Jeonbuk fans spoke in good terms, so I didn’t feel bad. So after the game, I bowed my head to Jeonbuk fans. Courteous –

I am taking the opportunity to participate in a row in a year.

I’m back after a long hiatus. Coach Choi Yong-soo, coaching staff, and seniors in the team are also cheering for me. I am so happy.

  • Coach Choi Yong-soo said after the game that he strongly motivated the players. What did you say to Lee Kwang-yeon?

The coach always tells me various things when I go to a game. In the last 8th round against Gwangju, when I was nervous, he woke me up with one word. “You are Lee Kwang-yeon.” I came to my senses at this word.

Now I am slowly gaining confidence. I am not a tall goalkeeper. However, in the match against Seoul, the coach gave me confidence, saying, “What is there to be afraid of?”

-You are one of the main players in winning the last U-20 World Cup. 4 years have passed.

It is a good memory. But he shouldn’t dwell on the past. The present is important. I am focusing on the team right now. He doesn’t think much about ‘it was like that then’. I am focusing on the current team and trying to improve further.

  • You will be eligible to participate in the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September. Aren’t you greedy?

When I first heard that the tournament had been postponed, I was greedy. But I haven’t been able to compete in a real game for over a year. First of all, you have to play a lot. The national team is where you can go only when you show your achievements. I have greed, but whenever this kind of greed takes the lead, it harms me. I think that luck will follow if you try to do what you can right now. First of all, we need to focus on the team now.

-A: It seems that you have greed for the national team. 크크크벳

A national team is a place that every player always dreams of. Now I only have a dream. Rather than the national team, I try to maintain tension for my team’s games, which may or may not give me a chance to participate.

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