“Do we need SON against Vietnam?”.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the first match of the October evaluation against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. Afterwards, the team will move to Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th and play the second match against Vietnam.
The Korea Football Association announced the roster for the two-game A-match series in October through a press release on the 2nd. There was no press conference at the time. I couldn’t hear a word of Coach Klinsmann’s thoughts on the roster decision.
A week later, Coach Klinsmann held a press conference with reporters at Paju NFC on the morning of the 9th. Rather than meeting with more than 100 reporters at the same time like former coach Paulo Bento, the meeting was held by dividing small groups of reporters into several groups.
Coach Klinsmann attracted attention by revealing his opinion on the physical condition of European players such as Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae at a press conference that day. He said, “The players are coming from Europe. Unlike Kim Min-jae, Son Heung-min does not play in European competitions, so the physical burden will be less.”
He continued, “When I came to the national team, I felt it was a special moment and a privilege as a player. Even if I was a little tired, I wanted to play every minute. It was very motivating. For me, going to the national team was a vacation. Of course, I know the burden on the players.”바카라 “The players may be tired, but when they come, they all want to play,” he added.
In the case of Son Heung-min, health issues are constantly being raised locally. Tottenham coach Angie Postekoglou himself indirectly said, “Coach Klinsmann will take care of it,” and “I used to manage my players well when I was the manager of the Australian national team.”
In fact, Son Heung-min played with a groin injury throughout September. To protect him, coach Postekoglou made the courageous decision to appoint Son Heung-min as a starter in both Arsenal-Liverpool-Luton games and then replace him early. This is completely contradictory to Coach Postekoglou’s response.
In this situation, Coach Klinsmann’s interview, which implied participation rather than consideration, made local Tottenham fans angry. On the global ‘Reddit’, Tottenham fans expressed strong dissatisfaction, saying, “How can a team legend say something like that?” or “I respect him as a player, but he seems to be the worst as a person or coach.” Another Tottenham fan said, “
Korea He also raised the question, saying, “Why on earth would you use Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae against Vietnam?” One fan said, “I asked the players, but none of them said they wanted to play. He pointed out the contradiction, saying, “If I speak, I will be criticized.”