“Korean Air? Japan’s lower level” The cold diagnosis of the ‘Olympic Gold Medal’ was more painful than defeat

Korean Air opened the era of the dynasty by achieving the V-League treble last season.

Korean Air was runner-up last year and runner-up in the 2022-2023 season of the Japanese V-League in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship held at ISA Sports City Stadium in Manama, Bahrain on the 18th (local time). They lost to their team, the Suntory Sunbirds, 0-3 (21-25 19-25 19-25).

With this defeat, Korean Air took two losses, including the loss (1-3 loss) to Bayangkara, Jakarta, Indonesia in the group stage. In the match between Jakarta and Mongolia’s Bayanhongor held at the same time, Jakarta won 3-0, and Korean Air won against Bayanghongor on the 19th. You can’t go up to the 4th river.

The defeat on this day was too much for Korean Air to fully handle. This was because setter Han Seon-sun and middle blocker Kim Gyu-min, who were recovering from injuries, were missing, and Lincoln Williams, who was excluded from the entry due to the non-issuance of an ITC (International Transfer Agreement), could not play that day.

In addition, there was Mushalski in the Suntory Opposite Spiker that day. The best star, who has already won the gold medal by defeating the world’s strongest Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics, has been playing in the Japanese V-League since the 2018-2019 season.

On this day too, Muchhalski shook Korean Air’s defense by hitting hard at every turn. Korean Air’s defense line, which is said to be the strongest in Korea, was not able to use its strength against Mushalski’s cannon.

Korean Air’s coach Tilikayinen Tilikayinen also stuck out her tongue. In an interview after the match, he commented on the attack on Mushalski, “I defended myself, but it wasn’t enough. Even today, Mushalski did better than usual.” 

Then, it was a complete defeat with nothing to say in the content or results of the game, to the extent that he pointed out, “If Mushalski bounced or defended when he first attacked, we should take advantage of that opportunity and score, but if we miss that opportunity, it’s over.”

What was more bitter than the loss was Mushalski’s interview after the match. When asked to evaluate Korean Air’s level in an interview with Korean reporters, Mushalsky replied, “To be honest, it’s about 9th, 10th, or 11th.” There are 10 men’s clubs in Japan’s V-League. It means that it is at the lower level of the Japanese league.먹튀검증

He said, “Actually, I played against the Korean team for the first time,” and “I think the Korean team is a team with strong defense.

When asked if he felt restrained by Korean Air, Muchhalski said, “All the teams are trying to stop me. In the end, it’s a fight against yourself. If you win a fight against yourself, you win.”

There is no need to hurt one’s ego with Muchhalski’s words. So far, men’s volleyball has been eliminated from the Olympic Qualifiers in five consecutive competitions: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio de Janeiro 2016, and Tokyo 2020.

Now is the time to identify the gap with the world and move forward. Attention is focusing on whether this  Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship will be a venue to confirm whether it will be a bridgehead that can bridge the gap.

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