SKT has won nine consecutive wins in the summer after winning the AF team, and is closer to Faker’s thirteen consecutive wins. Their newcomers are also getting better and better at assisting Effort. After the game ESPN interviewed SKT’s coach kkOma, who also shared his views on these two aspects with us.
Q: You just overwhelmingly defeated the AF team and won a 2-0 victory. You should be very proud and happy for the team. How do you feel now?
KkOma: We won the game. It may be a little too obvious, but I’m very happy now.
Q: SKT is doing very well today. This is true both on the team’s line and in teamwork. SKT performs well in all aspects of the game. In your opinion, how many points will you score from 1 to 10 in today’s SKT performance?
KkOma: Today’s performance, I will give the team a very high score. I’m going to give nine points if it’s 10.
Q: AF beat SKT in the first round of the summer tournament. That game also gave AF a very good start to the summer game. Today’s game was very important and ended AF’s winning streak. How did you prepare for today’s game?
KkOma: Before today’s game, we had only one day to prepare. We did our best to prepare in the limited time. We play one game after another, and every game is very important. Players may be a little stressed out, too. But after this game, we will have a long weekend without games. So what I hope is that today’s pre-race players will have less pressure. Before today’s game, I had an intuition. Sometimes I don’t feel well, sometimes I feel quite at ease. I feel relaxed when I come to the venue today.
Question: The LCK rankings change after every day’s competition. As a team coach, do you feel pressure about this situation?
KkOma: I think the athletes are under pressure. They are under more pressure than anyone else. Yes, as a coach, pressure is something I need to face. I think it’s inevitable.
Q: Everyone is saying that SKT has a very strong momentum now. So what do you think about the team atmosphere of SKT now?
KkOma: It’s true that we have a strong momentum in winning streaks. But we can’t grow complacent. It is possible to defeat us at any time and break our momentum. If that’s the case, we may lose another five consecutive games. So I didn’t think about our momentum at all. I don’t think about our winning streak. Every time I concentrate on the next game.
Question: Have you taken any measures to keep the players focused on the competition?
KkOma: It’s the relationship between people. There is no right answer. It is very important to adopt a way according to the situation and occasion. It’s hard to explain in a few words. Because depending on the situation, the way I talk and discuss with them has changed.
Question: You say you don’t care about winning streaks, so I have another problem. Faker said he was going to win 13 consecutive wins. So now SKT has really won a winning streak. What do you think about it?
KkOma: I’m still the same. Even when we lost in a row, I still felt that we could win in a row. That’s what I said to the players, too. Because my players are very capable, and I believe in the ability of our team.
Q: In addition, Effort is now the team’s first aid, and he is doing very well. What do you think of Effort’s current performance?
KkOma: Effort is doing very well. He’s a very promising player and you can expect more from him. I would describe him that way.
Q: And Mata. Other SKT players also said in different interviews that although Mata did not play, he also helped SKT a lot behind the scenes. Can you tell us something about this?
KkOma: Mata’s words have been the same since the spring games. He has helped us a lot, whether it’s what he said or the tactics he contributed to the team. Yes, he helped us a lot.
Question: Do you have anything to add?
KkOma: One thing is certain. Both players are indispensable to the team. I am sure of that. As things stand, both players are likely to start. I can say so much.
Q: Listening to you, I can feel that you are very proud of SKT players. What do you want to tell the players?
KkOma: That’s always the case. I’m very proud of them, even when we lose in a row. I will continue to be proud of them.
Q: SKT has a lot of fans both inside and outside Korea. Can you share with us some of your next resolutions for the summer tournament?
KkOma: Our SKT team sometimes performs well and sometimes has problems. I hope our fans will support us to feel the reward and to show their support in return. A team that gives everyone hope, a team that can perform at any time. I hope SKT team can bring you such hope. If fans can always support and encourage us regardless of our rankings, we will do well on the field. Thank you for your support.