Coach Pep Guardiola (52) was wary of ‘Korean Guy’ Hwang Hee-chan (27).
Manchester City will travel to the 7th round of the 2023-2024 English Premier League (EPL) against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, at 11 p.m. on the 30th (Korean time).
Coach Guardiola attended a press conference in preparation for the game against Wolverhampton on the 29th, a day before the game. According to Manchester City’s official social networking service (SNS), Coach Guardiola was asked, ‘What do you think, Manchester City will win against Wolverhampton, which is not performing well?’
In response, he said, “I speak with great respect. We always remember struggling against Wolverhampton,” and added, “Wolverhampton has players with outstanding skills, including Pedro Neto, Matheus Cunha, and The Korean Guy. “He answered.
Here, ‘Korean Guy’ refers to Hwang Hee-chan. Hwang Hee-chan has played in all six games since the opening game of this season’s EPL, scoring four goals, the most in the team. This is an overwhelming scoring ability among Wolverhampton players. Except for Hwang Hee-chan, all other scorers have only one goal. Neto, Cunha, Sasha Kalajdjic, and Totti Gomes have scored one goal each, and no player has scored more than two goals yet.
Previously, Hwang Hee-chan scored the season-ending goal against Brighton in the second round of the league, then scored goals against Crystal Palace in the fourth round and against Liverpool in the fifth round. He also scored one goal in the League Cup match against Ipswich. However, it is unfortunate that the team lost all the games in which Hwang Hee-chan scored a goal. Wolverhampton’s overall performance must improve to increase its win rate.
Hwang Hee-chan faced Manchester City four times after advancing to the EPL in August 2021, but lost all of them. There are no attack points against Man City yet. There is great interest in whether Hwang Hee-chan, who has a superb sense of goal, can achieve his first win against Manchester City and gain attack points at the same time.토토사이트
Coach Guardiola showed respect not only for Wolverhampton but also for coach Gary O’Neill. He said, “Coach O’Neill, who leads Wolverhampton, did an incredible job (remaining in the top division) while coaching Bournemouth the previous season.” Coach O’Neill led Bournemouth to 15th place in the final season, surviving the battle to remain, even though Bournemouth fell to 18th place, the relegation zone, the previous season. Guardiola said, “I believe Wolves have enough ability. Although their performance at the beginning of the season is not as good as expected, they will get better.”
Manchester City currently has John Stones, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva injured. “They are not ready yet. The rest of the players are fine,” Guardiola said. He continued: “Stones is a lot better and I spoke to him yesterday. He’s been doing personal training, which is good. He may be available after the UEFA Champions League (UCL) next week.”
Coach Guardiola also mentioned the previous League Cup defeat against Newcastle. Manchester City lost 0-1 to Newcastle in the round of 32 of the League Cup on the 28th, failing to advance to the round of 16. “Our performance was good. People might just look at the results and think we don’t care about the League Cup, but we are a team that has won the League Cup four years,” he said. “This is football. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. “I may be disappointed, but I will focus on the next game,” he said.