Football experts positively evaluated the South Korean national team, which reached the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup, saying, “Now I have the power to reverse the flow of the game at any time.”
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, will face Jordan in the semifinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar, at midnight on the 7th (Korea time).
In the group league alone, Korea had a 2-2 draw with Jordan and a 3-3 draw with Malaysia. However, it beat Saudi Arabia in the round of 16 after penalty shootout and won the match against Australia in the quarterfinals by 2-1 in overtime.
In particular, in the two games after entering the tournament, he showed the potential to reverse it even though he was losing until extra time in the second half.
Experts pointed out that there is still regret, but thanks to the results of the last two games, the team can gain much more momentum.
“The mood was not good until the end of the group league. It wasn’t easy to change the trend,” KBS soccer commentator Lee Young-pyo said. “However, Korea proved itself to be powerful by winning the match against Saudi Arabia and Australia twice dramatically. In any case, the answer to soccer is the result, and continuing to gain the result means that Korea has skills.”
Based on his experience as a player, the commentator predicted that the experience of the past two games would be a huge asset for the players.
“After playing such a game (which reverses dramatically), you will not be embarrassed or impatient even if the same crisis occurs again. If we decide, we will have confidence that we can bring the flow and results we want again, so the whole team is not shaken,” he explained.
After overcoming two crises, Korea is now competing with Jordan to advance to the final. Jordan has already met in the second Group E match. At that time, Korea was scolded by Jordan’s pressure and counterattack, but the result was disappointing at 2-2.
Commentator Lee said that South Korea clearly has the upper hand in terms of power, but advised that we should not let our guard down.
“The team that reached the semifinals is a strong team that has shown something in this tournament regardless of the FIFA rankings, past opponents, and players’ names,” he said, stressing, “As such, we have to play with respect for our opponents.”
He also cited this posture as a keyword that can produce a different result than before in the return match against Jordan.
“In the match against Jordan in the group league, we overwhelmed and felt pressure to win (to rank No. 1 in the group league). However, if we play while respecting Jordan as a semi-final team, we will feel less pressure like that. As we have been awakened to our attitude toward Jordan, we will be able to achieve an easier performance and result,” he said.
KBS commentator Kim Dae-gil also praised the current national team’s results and rise in the past two games.
“I don’t think (Clinsman) is a good team yet, but the best players we have are bringing about results 월카지노. This should be seen as the current power and style of our national team,” commentator Kim said.
“Externally, there are assessments that the level of tactical completeness is low. However, as we continue to produce results, our unity and reliability will continue to increase, at least internally,” he said.
In addition, commentator Kim stressed that the loophole in defense should not be repeated ahead of the rematch against Jordan.
“It’s a shame that defense is constantly being pointed out in this tournament, so we shouldn’t give too much space in the second line. Then it will be easier for Jordan to score penetration passes and aim for the background,” he said. “If you become too aggressive, you will be vulnerable to counterattacks like the last showdown. You should not repeat this mistake.”
“The national team played a dramatic match in the last two tournaments, and we have to be able to finish the match against Jordan in 90 minutes. That way, it will be easier to prepare for the next final,” he added.