‘Captain’ Son Heung-min “10 goals in 2 games is a positive thing to be praised”
One goal, one assist, playing full-time despite fitness issues
More trust than anxiety for Klinsmann
South Korean national soccer team ‘captain‘ Son Heung-min (Tottenham) has thanked his teammates for scoring 10 goals in two October A matches.
Men’s national soccer team cruised to a 6-0 victory over Vietnam in their second October A match at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
The team’s first back-to-back wins, a 4-0 victory over Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Oct. 13, made it three straight wins in A matches against Vietnam.
Who missed the previous match against Tunisia due to illness, recorded one goal and one assist on the
day. With 114 career A-Match appearances, he moved into seventh place on the all-time list for most
appearances, while also scoring his 38th goal for the national team.
“I think the attitude of the players was pretty good,” Son told Mixzone after the game. “From the outside
looking in, you might think that we played relaxed and that we should have won the game, but there are
no games in football that are taken for granted,” he said.
“I think the players recognized that and went in there and got a big win,” he said. “Obviously, there are
things that we need to work on in today’s game, 카지노사이트랭크 things that we need to work on, but overall, it was a positive performance.”
Despite playing full time and doing his part as captain and frontline striker, Son was not satisfied. Instead,
he apologized to his teammates, especially Cho Kyu-sung (Mittwilan), who struggled up front.
In the sixth minute of the second half, Son played a one-two with Lee Jae-sung (Mainz) in the penalty box
before passing to Cho Kyu-sung, who was diving into the box. Bo Minh Trong (Becamex Binh Duong),
who was competing with Cho, fell into the goal with the ball, resulting in an own goal.
Recounting the incident, Son Heung-min said, “I didn’t do anything special. The whole squad made a lot
of good plays. I don’t have a stake in it (the own goal). In fact, I didn’t give a perfect pass, and I would
have liked to have scored more goals,” he said, apologizing, “I think (Cho) Kyu-sung (Mitwillan) played a
lot behind the scenes and pressured me, but I don’t think I was rewarded (with attacking points), so I’m sorry.”
On the issue of physical condition, he said,
“I hope it’s not too much to play 90 minutes in every game.
Every player has bumps and injuries every time, and if you can’t play soccer, you shouldn’t play soccer.
That’s why we love soccer. I bumped my thigh a little bit in the first half, but it didn’t affect me. It’s
important for me to come back to the team and be in good shape.”
Son hasn’t forgotten Klinsmann’s support for free-flowing tactics and strategies. In the last match against
Tunisia, Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) scored a goal after having a conversation with Lee Jae-sung to
organize the details of his movements, raising the issue of Klinsmann’s lack of detail.
“He asks for a lot in every game, and he tries new things, so I think there are some things (about the
position) that are too bad. Players can play all positions,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of recognizing what you’re supposed to do. They have a lot of ability, so the coach can
order them freely.” I hope they can see it as an advantage to be able to make such (organic) plays.”
Klinsmann has been on fire in the last two games, scoring a whopping 10 goals. Heung-min appreciated
the fact that the team won big regardless of the opponent’s strength.
“It’s a positive thing. Scoring 10 goals in two games is definitely something we should be praised for,
our finishing and I think we’ll be even better.”
“I can’t promise that we will score so many goals in the upcoming games, but I hope we can maintain the
good atmosphere we had today and play a good game,” he added, “so that the fans can enjoy it and our