By Lee Eon Sports Chosun.com]National team coach Jürgen Klinsmann wants to win against Wales and improve his team at the same time.
The national soccer team led by Klinsmann will play an exhibition match against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, England, on Sunday afternoon (local time). A day before the game, a press conference was held.
“What’s important now is growth,” Klinsmann said. “Winning the Asian Cup is the most important thing. We haven’t done it in 60 years. Of course, we also want to win tomorrow’s game.”
One-on-one with Coach Klinsmann
-Preparations for tomorrow’s match
“First of all, I want to thank Wales. It’s a very good test for us for the Asian Cup in January and February, and they’re also playing Latvia, so it’s great for us to have that opportunity in such a good place. We’re taking it one game at a time. We want to play a good game, we want to win, it’s a competition, it’s great to be here.
-Tomorrow’s game is a must-win.
I think we did a good job in the first four games. I’m happy with the way the team is going, even though we didn’t get the result. We dominated the game, we showed it. We didn’t score a goal, but Sonny didn’t play the last two games because he was injured, and we didn’t have Kim Min-jae, so that was a big lesson. I hope that kind of development happens every game. Of course, we want to win.
There’s no question about it, the game we have to win is Qatar, we have to win in Qatar, but right now I want to see the growth of the team here, I have the captain of the team sitting next to me, he’s so hungry for success in Qatar. Korea hasn’t won the Asian Cup in 60 years, so that’s the main goal. Of course, we want to win tomorrow’s match as well.
-There is some criticism on social media.
Even if we had won the first four games from the start, there would still be criticism about the way we play, the way the team plays, the way we change players, etc.
It’s part of my job, I live with criticism every day, it’s probably 80% of the money I get paid. I can tell you what everyone is doing, it doesn’t bother me.
It’s been a really good experience so far, it’s a good quality team, the under-20s went to the quarterfinals in the World Cup, there’s a lot of talent, more players have come to Europe to grow and learn, they have Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae and Lee Jae-sung in Germany as role models.
Like I always say, if you want to be the most successful team in the real World Cup, you have to send your players to the best leagues in the world, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re trying to help them go to the top-five leagues and grow. More young players are following that path. It’s a process.
It’s been a few months since we started this adventure, and I’m so happy with it.
And I know social media in Korea is crazy, and they talk about it a lot, and they try to teach me every day, but I know what we’re going to do and what we’re going to build, and the real test will be in January when we start in Qatar.
-On Son Heung-min captaining both the national team and Tottenham.
“As a coach, having a captain like Sonny is a big thing, especially because he’s my arm. I know Son’s background, I’ve followed his career, I’m a big Spurs fan myself, and I’m proud that he’s captained both the Korean national team and Spurs. But I enjoy watching his leadership more, how he treats the young players coming into the team, how he takes care of the team, how he talks to the team.
It’s a natural leadership, and it inspires not only the younger players, but also the more experienced players. They know who he is, what he’s done and what he’s doing now.
And when I started this adventure and this new chapter of my career, I said, “Sonny is Sonny.” That’s my career at the club, and now it’s the Asian Cup, which South Korea hasn’t won in 60 years, and then it’s the World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and the team is growing, and it’s getting better, and it’s an opportunity for my career to grow even bigger. More than the last World Cup 메이저놀이터.
That’s the goal. That’s why I took this job and why I’m here, to help them go further in this World Cup than the last three or four World Cups. It’s a joy to be with them.