Jürgen Klinsmann hopes the forward line’s performance will carry over to the national team.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, will take on Tunisia in a friendly at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Seoul World Cup Stadium. South Korea is ranked 26th in the FIFA rankings, while Tunisia is 29th. Klinsmann held a pre-match press conference at the Paju National Training Center (NFC) on the afternoon of the 12th, one day before the match. Klinsmann was joined by Son Heung-min, the national team’s captain.
“It’s great to see you all again,” Klinsmann said. This is our last friendly before the second round of World Cup qualifying begins. We want to finish both games with a good result. I know a lot of people will be here to support us, and we want to give them a good performance,” he said.
“This is our fourth call-up. The important thing is that it should be an opportunity for us to improve before the Asian Cup. We got to know the players better and they got to know the way we work. We’re going to prepare well for the upcoming World Cup second qualifiers and the Asian Cup.”
Expectations are high. Premier League (PL) players Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan have started the season in fine form with six and five goals respectively, while Jung Woo-young was a revelation at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, scoring eight goals. The offense is in good shape. Expectations are high for this two-game series. For Klinsmann’s side, they’ll be looking for their first win at home with a red-hot offense.
Klinsmann is excited about the prospect. “I’m hoping that our team and tournament performances will continue in the second game of the series. “Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, and Jung Woo-young have all started the season well for their respective teams, and I hope they can carry that into the second game. You know what it means to win the Asian Games. I hope they can carry that into the second game,” he said, adding that he expects the players to perform well in the second game.
Jung Woo-young, in particular, has been the talk of the town in Germany. Jung Woo-young moved to Stuttgart ahead of the season, and the news of his Asian Games victory was of great interest in Germany. It was analyzed that Stuttgart could benefit from Jung Woo-young’s military service, just as Lee Kang-in’s military service had a positive impact on Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). In addition, Jung Woo-young’s performance at the Asian Games brought Korean culture to Germany.
“In Germany, he’s been in the headlines recently,” Klinsmann said. They learned about Korean military service and the meaning of the Asian Games. He did a great job in Germany. He didn’t have much time in Freiburg last year and had a difficult season. I think he’s been playing well since his transfer. I was happy to see him score a lot of goals at the Asian Games.”스포츠토토
Jung Woo-young’s versatility. He is one of the few resources who can play all the positions in the second line. If Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan are out of form due to injuries, the sensational Jung Woo-young can take charge of the offense. His ability to play a variety of positions and recent performances are reasons to be optimistic for the two-game series.
“He can play a lot of different positions,” said Klinsmann. I think it’s going to be a year of growth for him as he gets more playing time. As we prepare for the second game, we’re trying to figure out how we can use her. She can play on the flanks and in the center, so we’ll have to figure out how to use her in training,” Klinsmann said, adding that he hopes Jung will take another step forward this year.