Together with his workforce simply days away from getting into the highest continental girls’s soccer event, South Korea head coach Colin Bell is preaching the significance of staying within the second.
“We are going to attempt to take every thing we do step-by-step,” Bell instructed reporters Wednesday, 9 days earlier than South Korea’s first match on the Asian Soccer Confederation (AFC) Ladies’s Asian Cup in India.
Bell has been operating coaching camp right here in Namhae, about 500 kilometers south of Seoul, for the reason that begin of the brand new 12 months. He finalized his 23-player roster on Monday, with Ji So-yun, the nation’s all-time main scorer, within the fold for her fourth Asian Cup look.
Members of the South Korean girls’s soccer workforce prepare at Namhae Sports activities Park in Namhae, about 500 kilometers south of Seoul, on Jan. 12, 2022. (Yonhap)
To kick off their Group C motion, South Korea will face Vietnam on Jan. 20, adopted by Myanmar on Jan. 24 and Japan, the two-time defending champions, on Jan. 27.
The event will double because the Asian qualifying occasion for the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup. The highest 5 nations from the Ladies’s Asian Cup will qualify for the massive present, whereas two extra groups will find yourself within the intercontinental playoffs.
“The primary purpose is the qualification for the World Cup, after which clearly attempt to win the (Asian Cup),” Bell mentioned. “However we’re going to do it in phases. Step one is Vietnam, the second step is Myanmar and the third step is Japan.”
There will likely be 12 groups on the Asian Cup, paired into three teams of 4. The highest two groups from every group, plus the 2 finest third-place groups, will advance to the quarterfinals.
Requested to interrupt down the three upcoming opponents, Bell solely selected to debate Vietnam, not trying previous his first opponent. Bell used the phrases “good” and “clever” to explain Vietnam, who’ve by no means crushed South Korea of their 11 earlier conferences.
South Korea’s most up-to-date tuneup matches got here towards New Zealand in a back-to-back in November. South Korea claimed the primary match 2-1 on Nov. 27, however dropped the second match three days later by 2-0.
Bell was significantly indignant after the second match. South Korea dominated the primary half of that contest however failed to attain after which, in Bell’s phrases, the workforce “threw the sport away” with a lackluster second half.
Bell mentioned his gamers weren’t match sufficient to maintain their degree of play in that latter half, they usually have “regarded a lot better and sharper” in the course of the ongoing camp in Namhae.
“It’s in regards to the restoration between matches,” he mentioned. “On the Asian Cup, will probably be match, restoration, coaching and match. We have to get that sorted.”
Along with conditioning, Bell mentioned he’ll demand “good tactical group” from his squad on the event.
“We need to defend towards the lengthy ball with tight urgent,” mentioned Bell, who famous South Korea gave up objectives towards New Zealand arrange by lengthy balls. “Communication is vital between defenders and attackers in these conditions.”
Defensive again Lee Younger-ju, who just lately signed with the Spanish facet Madrid CFF, she and her teammates not must be reminded of the significance of the Asian Cup.
“Vietnam and Myanmar are groups on the rise, and I don’t suppose there’s any straightforward workforce for us,” Lee mentioned. “Japan are clearly a powerful facet, and we’ve to pay attention that a lot tougher towards them.”
Japan are the highest-ranked workforce in Group C at No. 13, adopted by South Korea at No. 18, Vietnam at No. 32 and Myanmar at No. 47.
South Korea have gained all six matches towards Myanmar. Towards Japan, although, South Korea have managed simply 4 wins towards 10 attracts and 17 losses.
South Korea’s finest efficiency on the Ladies’s Asian Cup stays the third-place end in 2003.