Atletico Madrid won 2-1 in Game 2 of the Coupang Play Series against Manchester City at 8:40 p.m. on the 30th at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
In the 21st minute of the second half, Memphis Depay, who exchanged passes with Angel Correa in front of the Manchester City box, split the Manchester City net with a right-footed mid-range shot. In the 29th minute of the second half, Yannick Carrasco scored an additional goal with a right-footed shot in front of Manchester City’s penalty arc. Manchester City’s Ruben Dias headed in a corner kick in the 40th minute of the second half, but that was all.
The two teams’ visit to Korea received a lot of praise for their professional performance and sincere attitude toward the fans. It is like the teams that came after Ronaldo’s atrocities in 2019 are making up little by little.
On July 26, 2019, Ronaldo, who visited Korea with Juventus, Italy, his team at the time, for a visit to Korea, received expectations from many Korean fans as a world-class soccer star. However, his actions after entering the country left a lot to be desired. Cristiano Ronaldo, who got on the bus without showing much reaction from the fans waiting at his arrival hall, abruptly failed to even attend the fan signing event scheduled at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. Even though fans who were selected by writing his own story were waiting for him.
Ronaldo’s reckless behavior was wrapped in the name of ‘pre-match condition management’, but he ended up committing irreversible atrocities. When Ronaldo arrived at the Seoul World Cup Stadium where Juventus and Team K League were playing, all he had to do was wave his hand once to the cheers of the fans. It was even reported that the clause ‘must play for at least 45 minutes’ was included in the contract, and Ronaldo’s absence evoked the anger of many Korean soccer fans.
On the other hand, Tottenham’s visit to Korea in 2022 showed a move that was close to perfection from beginning to end, so that it could not be compared to the ‘standard of visiting Korea’. Open training was an opportunity to feel the passion of Tottenham players and their love for fans at the same time. Even in the hot weather, the players devoted themselves to training far beyond the scheduled time. Even so, he never waved his hand at the call of his fans and neglected to sign autographs. In particular, after the open training held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, Son Heung-min walked back and forth to both ends of the stadium, greeting and smiling at the fans, despite being in a physically difficult situation.
The Tottenham players also greeted the fans who came to visit them while walking around the field after both the team K-League match on July 13 and the Sevilla match on July 16 last year. Caster Bae Seong-jae, who saw this during the match commentary, praised, saying, “Actually, it is not easy for the spectators to move because the seats are small.
And Manchester City and AT Madrid this year, which took over the fever of visiting Korea, also left a good impression on Korean fans. From the time they arrived at Incheon International Airport, AT Madrid responded to fans’ requests for autographs, led by Griezmann. In Man City, after the game on the 30th, Kevin De Bruyne greeted the fans while walking around the stands, and Erling Haalan, who went beyond the billboard and even presented his jersey to the fans, was the highlight.
In addition, Man City and AT Madrid gave their full power to the match, drawing a response from a full crowd. Fans were enthusiastic about the appearance of the two teams fiercely confronting each other to the extent that it was virtually safe to call it a ‘mini-champs’.
Tottenham, Man City, and AT Madrid have all shown great performances in matches and fan service, and remain exemplary visitors to Korea. He brought happiness to Korean soccer fans to the extent that he could not be compared to the unscrupulous Ronaldo.