The Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany), is in trouble to fill the left side defense position.
As of the 22nd (Korea time), Klinsmann is ranking second in Group E of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.
In the second game against Jordan on the 20th, it ended up in a 2-2 draw, failing to confirm the early round of 16 and leap to the top.
After confirming advancement to the tournament early on, the team was expected to launch a rotation to arrange physical strength of key players and restore performance of replacement players in its third match against Malaysia. However, the team’s plan was disrupted as the match became a must-win match against Malaysia.
The collapse of the left-side defense has also emerged as a big problem for the Clinsman team.랭크카지노도메인
Coach Klinsmann has recruited just two defense players from both sides. He picked Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung) as left defense players, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan HD) and Kim Tae-hwan (Jeonbuk Hyundai) as right defense players.
However, as Kim Jin-soo was unable to play due to injury, only three players, Lee Ki-je, Seol Young-woo and Kim Tae-hwan, played.
To make matters worse, Lee Ki-je and Kim Tae-hwan also have physical problems. Lee Ki-je had hamstring problems and Kim Tae-hwan had individual recovery at a hotel rather than training due to calf muscle discomfort on the previous day.
It is known that the injury condition is not serious, but it is inevitable to play full time until the final.
As a result, coach Klinsmann is considering changes such as changes in position and tactics.
The first priority is Seol Young-woo’s position shift. Seol’s main position is on the right side, but he can move to the left. In fact, he played as a starter with Lee Ki-je in the first and second games, but moved his position to the left when Kim Tae-hwan was deployed.
However, as Kim Tae-hwan also has injury issues, this option also has variables. Changing the position of midfielder Lee Soon-min (Daejeon Hana Citizen) could be an alternative.
Lee Soon-min used to play side defense when he was playing for Gwangju FC in the K-League 1. In the early days of his professional debut, he also played professional side defense. If Lee Soon-min plays on the left side and Seol Young-woo plays on the right side, the team can minimize power vacuum.
“We are considering changing our strategy from the back four line to the back three,” Klinsmann said. Although the number of defense resources in the side is insufficient, the team will likely use the back three tactic as it draws a large number of defense resources from the center.
“We are discussing many options internally with our coaches. We are continuing to discuss options and changes if a player fails to play due to warnings,” Klinsmann said.
He added, “We need to discuss back-scoring a little more. There is also a will from the sky. I hope there will be no injuries and I hope there will be no situations where I can’t play due to accumulated warnings, but this is also part of soccer. I’m preparing and I’ll wait and see and decide.”