Oh aims to set more AFC Champions League records with Ulsan Hyundai, Harvey de Kaya picks up learning points | Football | New
Bangkok: Ulsan Hyundai FC set a new AFC Champions League record with their 12th consecutive victory on Friday and forward Oh Se-hun is confident the defending champions can continue to win.
Oh’s brace in the second half and Valeri Qazaishvili’s 48th-minute goal helped Ulsan beat Kaya FC-Iloilo 3-0 to stay perfect in Group F with nine points halfway through.
The K League team have won every game since Matchday 2 of the 2020 edition, which ended with Ulsan finally claiming their second AFC Champions League title.
Oh was beaming with joy after helping his team to an emphatic victory, but he still saw room for improvement in his own game.
“I’m so happy to have scored two goals, but there are some areas for improvement personally,” said Man of the Match Oh. “I’m not completely happy with my performance, but happy that we have had 12 wins in a row.”
The 22-year-old was not part of Ulsan’s squad last year but said scoring against Kaya FC at Pathum Thani stadium gave him the confidence to aim for more.
“Personally, there are a lot of good players in the team and it’s a good motivation to be included with them. I’m so happy to score the goals to break the record, but it won’t stop and I hope we can keep winning as much as we can.
“As a forward I will always try to score as much as I can, which in itself is motivation to keep moving forward.”
Oh and Lim Jong-eun are among the budding players Hong Myung-bo included in the starting lineup on Friday and despite his goal of a more outright victory, the head coach said the team should rejoice. of its success.
“It would have been better to score more goals, but I’m still happy with the win and the three points,” said Hong. “Some players were tired of having played the last game with difficult weather conditions, so we brought in some new players in the second half and I am happy with their performance.
“It’s a new record for the team, and we should be proud of ourselves. The players should also feel proud of the accomplishment. There were new players in the game, especially Lim Jong-eun, who performed well as a defender.
The result means Kaya suffered three consecutive losses in his first appearance with head coach Graham Harvey admitting the difference in experience between the two teams was clear but was proud of his accusations for battling the reigning champions.
“I have mixed emotions,” Harvey said. “I’m very proud of the way the boys worked hard when they didn’t have the ball. I’m also a little frustrated with their lack of big game experiences, which were shown there.
“We are not naive and know that Ulsan has made some changes to his starting lineup, but it doesn’t matter who is in front of you.”
“Frustrated that maybe we got a little more out of the game. They dominated possession, but we had our chances. The main takeaway is always how hard the boys worked and didn’t run away from a challenge.
“We’re just going to go back and show the boys how well they did. There are times they made a few mistakes but I thought we were very disciplined and organized defensively. I’m proud of what they did and we had a good performance there against the Asian champions.