November 29, 2022

When South Korea males’s soccer head coach Paulo Bento studied his subsequent opponent, Brazil, in preparation for his or her upcoming pleasant match, he didn’t discover that many holes to take advantage of.

It’d be tough for any coach to seek out weaknesses from the top-ranked Selecao. However quite than conceding defeat forward of Thursday’s showdown at Seoul World Cup Stadium, Bento desires his gamers to capitalize on their residence area benefit, which can come within the type of raucous and partisan followers.

The match is anticipated to be performed earlier than a sellout crowd on the 66,000-seat stadium within the nation’s capital. In his prematch press convention Wednesday, Bento stated will probably be “finest for our gamers to really feel the help of our followers.”

“Within the sport we’re going to play tomorrow, and the subsequent video games, it’s essential we have now their help,” Bento stated in his on-line session. “I feel that sort of factor may help the crew to undergo powerful and tough moments that we’re going to seek out through the video games.”

Paulo Bento, head coach of the South Korean males’s nationwide soccer crew, speaks throughout an internet press convention on the Nationwide Soccer Middle in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on June 1, 2022, on this photograph offered by the Korea Soccer Affiliation. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The Brazil match would be the first of 4 friendlies that South Korea will play this month, as a part of their buildup to the FIFA World Cup kicking off in November.

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South Korea will play Chile subsequent Monday, Paraguay on June 10 and Egypt on June 14. Matches in opposition to Chile and Paraguay, to be performed in Daejeon after which in Swuon, have additionally bought out. Tickets for the Egypt match, again in Seoul, haven’t gone on sale but however are anticipated to be snapped up in a heartbeat, too.

It is a great addition to the nationwide crew after enjoying for a lot of the previous two years with out followers or with a restricted variety of supporters within the stands because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We should deliver the very best angle as a result of it’s what we often did (earlier than followers have been allowed again at matches),” Bento stated. “After many, many occasions with out public within the stadium, it’s good to see that life — on this case, soccer — is turning into regular. That is the very best.”

South Korea, ranked twenty ninth, have misplaced 5 out of their six conferences in opposition to Brazil thus far, and their lone victory got here in 1999. Their most up-to-date assembly, in November 2019, led to a 3-0 win for Brazil.

Bento, who was additionally in cost on the time, stated South Korea “competed properly in that sport,” the ultimate rating however. With completely different personnel in place for either side, Bento stated the technique may also be completely different this time, however there gained’t be any change to the crew’s collective effort degree.

“We analyzed (Brazil) and so they don’t have too many weak factors,” Bento stated. “However we’ll attempt to do our greatest in each processes, defensive and offensive ones, and naturally, make the most of the options and high quality of our gamers. It is going to be a problem for us. We’ll attempt to compete in addition to potential in opposition to a really, excellent crew.”

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Bento famous that the Brazil match will “demand from us different issues than earlier video games,” given the discrepancy in expertise between Brazil and most of South Korea’s current opponents in Asia. However that doesn’t imply South Korea ought to fully change their fashion of play, Bento added.

“We should be able to do our greatest within the defensive course of, and attempt to press our opponent in a great way,” the coach stated. “On the identical time, we should always attempt to play as traditional in our offensive course of. We all know that they press loads and so they have excessive ranges of aggressiveness. However we should always attempt to play as we like, however after all, with some variations within the strategic manner.”

Bento stored issues near the vest when requested about his beginning lineup for Thursday — “We’ll see tomorrow,” he stated — however he’s largely anticipated to faucet his traditional suspects on offense, Hwang Ui-jo and Hwang Hee-chan.

Each are coming off down years for his or her European golf equipment, although. Hwang Ui-jo had 11 objectives for FC Girondins Bordeaux however only one in his ultimate 15 video games. Hwang Hee-chan, who left Germany to hitch Wolverhampton Wanderers, had three objectives in his first 4 matches in England, however two extra in his subsequent 26.

Bento, although, wasn’t involved concerning the two gamers’ poor type, saying that predicting nationwide crew performances primarily based on membership showings “doesn’t make sense.”