Asian Games gold medalist Lee Kang-in expressed his thoughts on returning to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
PSG will play the 9th round of the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 against Strasbourg at Parc des Princes in Paris, France at midnight on the 22nd (Korean time). PSG is 3rd with 4 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss (15 points), and Strasbourg is 12th with 3 wins, 1 draw, and 4 losses (10 points).
There is good news for PSG ahead of the game. This is because Lee Kang-in returned with a gold medal. Accordingly, PSG released the contents of Lee Kang-in’s interview through its official SNS channel on the 21st. Lee Kang-in left Mallorca this summer and transferred to PSG. Accordingly, it was necessary to re-discuss whether or not to be selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games, which was previously held with Mallorca. From PSG’s perspective, if Lee Kang-in returns with a gold medal, the military issue will be resolved, but there is also the burden of having to select a player for a certain period of time.
He has done so twice this season alone. Lee Kang-in is highly likely to participate not only in the Hangzhou Asian Games, but also in the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup to be held in January. PSG is in a situation where they have to let Lee Kang-in go twice in one season.
Fortunately, PSG allowed Lee Kang-in to be called up. Lee Kang-in said, “Paris gave me a great opportunity, so I was able to go to the Asian Games. My goal was a gold medal, and I am very happy that I was able to bring the gold medal. Now, I want to show a good performance in Paris to help the team.” He expressed his gratitude for it.
Lee Kang-in worked with the players for the first time in the third game against Bahrain. Afterwards, Lee Kang-in continued to play, adjusting his playing time under the consideration of coach Hwang Seon-hong. Although he did not achieve any offensive points in the Asian Games, he contributed to the team’s victory.
Lee Kang-in, who won the gold medal, announced his return to form through the October A match against Tunisia and Vietnam. Lee Kang-in started against Tunisia and scored the first goal from a free kick as well as an additional goal, scoring his A match debut goal. In the Vietnam match, Lee Kang-in scored 1 goal and 1 assist, leading the team to a 6-0 victory.
It was a golden return. Lee Kang-in immediately returned to his team PSG and prepared for the upcoming league match with his teammates. Lee Kang-in said, “I want to play fast. When I transfer this summer, I have a strong desire to come to such a big club and compete with other players and show a good performance. It was another challenge for me. I am now in good shape and can play. “I have a strong desire to run fast,” he said, expressing his will to sortie.
He recovered completely from his injury. Lee Kang-in said, “My physical condition was not perfect because I had an injury before going to the Asian Games, but it has definitely improved a lot after playing in the Asian Games and A matches, and it will get better in the future. Of course, I am ready. I don’t know if I will play or not, or how many minutes I will play, but I will play. “If I can, I will do my best to help as much as possible,” he pledged.
I’m still getting used to it, but my will is stronger than anyone else’s. Lee Kang-in said, “The country (Spain → France) has changed, my teammates, coaches, and soccer style have changed. Many things are different from last year. I am still in the adjustment period and I want to do my best to become a player who helps the team.” .
Finally, the PSG host asked a question about uniform sales. Reporter Abdelrah Bulma of France’s ‘RTLSport’ reported on the 20th, “Lee Kang-in’s uniform sales are slightly ahead of Kylian Mbappe’s.”짱구카지노 도메인
Regarding the news, ‘Sports Kida’ said, “Lee Kang-in has not scored or assisted yet, but he is showing that he is a commercial asset for PSG. This is somewhat surprising considering Mbappe. Mbappe is one of the biggest superstars in world soccer. “It is recognized by many people,” he explained.
He claimed it was a success for his Asian marketing. The media said, “Lee Kang-in’s strong uniform sales appear to be due to support from the Asian soccer community. Lee Kang-in is considered Asia’s next star and could succeed compatriot Son Heung-min. Nevertheless, seeing that Lee Kang-in beat Mbappe in uniform sales “I was surprised,” he explained.
In response to these reports, Lee Kang-in expressed his gratitude, saying, “I am grateful that many fans were wearing PSG uniforms when I went to play in the international match. I want to perform better for the team in the future so that more fans can come.”
Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in is listed as one of the 21 players on the call-up list for the Strasbourg match. At a pre-match press conference held a day before the game, coach Luis Enrique said, “In our system, Lee Kang-in’s position is closer to a central midfielder. But he can also play in the number 9 role or as a winger. Lee Kang-in knows what to do and how to do it. “Yes, he can score a goal and make the last pass,” he said, predicting the use of Lee Kang-in.