Despite the fact that the screening rate was 85.7%, “It’s a shame that I lost one point”
‘Daejeon’s gatekeeper’ Lee Chang-geun showed an incredible save show and became the ‘Bit Chang-geun’.
Team K-League won a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Atletico Madrid in the Coupang Play Series friendly match held at the Wool World Cup Stadium on the 27th. With this, Team K-League presented the bitter taste of defeat to Atlético, the ‘Spanish giant’ who visited Korea for the first time in history.
The number one contributor was definitely Lee Chang-geun. He recorded 6 saves in the first 45 minutes and blocked every shot from world-class strikers. Lee Chang-geun’s save rate reached a whopping 85.7% (6/7).
In fact, it was a showcase for Lee Chang-geun. Atletico fired 12 shots in the first half alone, 11 of which were inside the box. There were also 7 effective shots. However, after one save, Lee Chang-geun put on a save show, blocking all of Atlético’s shots except for a run conceded by a second ball.
Lee Chang-geun received 52,160 votes in the team’s K-League fan vote, the second most after Sejingya (56,133 votes). On this day, he properly proved his skills against the ‘Spanish giant’ Atlético and showed the dignity of a domestic player with the most votes.
Director Hong Myung-bo also generously applauded Lee Chang-geun. He said, “It seems that Lee Chang-geun’s save and giving up only one run was a great motivation.” “Today, many players did well. In particular, Lee Chang-geun blocked several of the opponent’s shots,” he pointedly praised.
The Daejeon club also cheered for Lee Chang-geun’s great performance. Daejeon posted a picture full of white through social media and added, “Lee Chang-geun’s hair is cut beautifully.” On this day, Lee Chang-geun just joked about ‘light’.
Lee Chang-geun, whom we met in the Mixed Zone after the game, said, “We prepared well, and everyone said let’s just have fun without any tension. Regardless of the outcome, we decided to do our best until the end. It was a really meaningful All-Star Game because it brought results like this.” .
However, Lee Chang-geun had one goal in mind rather than six saves. He said, “I was worried a lot, but I thought that if I was going to give up a run, I could be eaten by world-class players. Rather, I thought that I should focus more from the build-up. That matched well, so fortunately I only lost one run.” I’m very sorry. It’s a pity that I conceded a goal due to a communication mistake.”
Next, Lee Chang-geun said, “The short video prepared by the analyst was very helpful. I saw a lot of shooting trajectories of Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann, and they seemed to fit well. But fortunately, we won. It is more important that we win than that I stopped.”
What is the most memorable save? Lee Chang-geun replied, “During the corner kick, Morata cut it and headed it in. I thought it was a goal too. But it hit my hand, the post, and my foot and went out again. I guess I was lucky to make a save as well.”
Although he didn’t play that day, Atlético has a world-class goalkeeper named Jan Oblak. Wouldn’t he have changed his uniform or had a conversation with him?
Lee Chang-geun said, “No. I didn’t mean to. I think I should have traded with (Cho) Hyun-woo. I like Hyun-woo more. I think there is. I wanted to give it to the fans, so I gave it after the first half. I wanted to give it to the second half, but I couldn’t because the clothes were ambiguous. I want to give it when the opportunity arises.”
Does Lee Chang-geun know how many times he blocked a shot? He replied, “About 4?”, but after being surprised by the word 6, he said, “I wasn’t nervous. I didn’t think it was such a big game. “I looked back.
In addition, Lee Chang-geun said, “I thought that I played with a team like this after the game was over. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t greedy abroad, but I’m in Daejeon right now. I’m going to focus more on Daejeon until the end of the game.”
Atletico’s shooting wasn’t too special for Lee Chang-geun. He said, “(Co.) Min-gyu hyung and (B) Sang-ho’s shooting seems to be more difficult. There were many dangerous shots, but all strikers are always dangerous. Our team’s K-League players were also not lacking.”
Finally, Lee Chang-geun said, “I came to this place thanks to the fans. The only thing I can do is to answer from the stadium. I feel so happy that I did a good job expressing my gratitude today. I will prepare hard to show a good image even when I go to Daejeon. “He made up his mind.