‘Injury concerns’ Captain Son Heung-min, “I’m in better condition than when I arrived… I have to get the results, content, and process.”
‘Captain’ Son Heung-min appeared at the press conference in good health.
The Korean national soccer team (26th in FIFA rankings), led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the first leg of the October international match against Tunisia (29th in FIFA rankings) at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 13th. Afterwards, the national team is scheduled to play an evaluation match against Vietnam (95th in FIFA rankings) on the 17th.스포츠토토
We have faced Tunisia twice. All were friendly matches, with a 0-0 draw in March 2002 (venue Tunisia-Tunis) and a 0-1 loss in May 2014 (venue South Korea-Seoul). With 1 draw and 1 loss, they have yet to sound victorious. Vietnam has dealt with a lot. They competed 24 times and achieved overwhelming results with 17 wins, 5 draws, and 2 losses. However, the most recent match was the second qualifying round of the 2004 World Cup in Germany. At that time, they recorded a 2-0 win at home and a 2-1 win away.
Ahead of the game, ‘captain’ Son Heung-min participated in a pre-press conference at Paju NFC at 3:30 pm on the 9th. Son Heung-min is having a fantastic season this season. He is roaming the field dressed as a front-line striker, rather than in the traditional winger position. And he is playing an active role as the core of ‘En Zebol’. He scored 6 goals in September alone and is ranked 2nd in the Premier League (PL) scoring rankings. He is 2 goals behind first place Erling Holland (8 goals, Manchester City). He was named as a candidate for PL September of the Month and is expected to win the award.
We are completely shaking off the disappointment of the somewhat sluggish 2022-23 season. Son Heung-min played with a sports hernia last season and suffered a major injury, an orbital fracture. His condition was not right, and he had to endure day after day in pain. Nevertheless, in such adverse conditions, he recorded 10 goals and 6 assists in the PL, 2 goals in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), and 2 goals in the English FA Cup, for a total of 14 goals, 6 assists, and 20 attack points.
Son Heung-min, who completed his entry into the country ahead of the October international match, did not participate in the last team training but instead engaged in individual training. This is because he was experiencing discomfort in his groin area during the season. Fortunately, he participated normally in training on the 12th and was with the players in a bright atmosphere.
Regarding his physical condition, Son Heung-min said at a press conference, “I’m continuing to recover. I think it’s talked about more than the game. You’re probably worried, but I’m planning to participate in today’s training. It’s time to check my condition and see what kind of physical condition I’m in. “I am in better condition than when I arrived, and I will check my condition during training,” he explained directly.
In addition, in terms of what needs to be gained from this match between Tunisia and Vietnam, “There is a lot to be gained. We have to get the results, content, and process. In any case, the most important thing is the result of the Asian Cup in January. It is important to be able to continue the winning streak in the upcoming games.” It makes a big difference whether we go to the Asian Cup in a good atmosphere or not. We are a fairly young team, and we are influenced by the atmosphere, but no one creates this atmosphere. It is achieved through results, so we have to achieve it. “What matters is the result. I hope we can continue the good atmosphere and start the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup on a good note,” he announced.
Q. How do you feel about preparing for the October
international match? A. “I think the players had a good experience while playing away in September. I feel light after coming to Korea after getting the first win I was looking forward to. The warm-up match in October is the World Cup qualifier. This is the last time to guess before the game. Both games are difficult opponents, and there is no strong team in soccer. It would be good to prepare well for the two games and show soccer fans that we can win consecutively. We need the support of the fans. “I think it is. Since it’s been a while since I played in Korea, I will do my best to show a good game.”
Q. My physical condition is not 100%, and I completed the rehabilitation process yesterday and the day before. Regarding my physical condition and today’s training plan,
A. “I’m continuing to recover. I think I’m talking about it more than the game. I’m sure you’re worried, but I’m planning to participate in today’s training. It’s time to check my condition and see what kind of physical condition I’m in. When I arrive. “I’m in better condition than before, and I’ll check my condition while training.”
Q. We must aim for a game without failure. What we need to gain from this two-game series is
A. “There is a lot to gain. We have to get the results, content, and process. In any case, the most important thing is the result of the Asian Cup in January. It is important to be able to continue the winning streak in the upcoming games. . It makes a big difference whether we go to the Asian Cup in a good atmosphere or not. We are a fairly young team, and we are influenced by the atmosphere, but no one creates this atmosphere. It is achieved through results, so what we have to achieve is This is the result. I hope we can continue the good atmosphere and start the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup on a good note.
Q. How do you feel about this season compared to the season
in which you were the top scorer? A. “I had no feelings when I won the top scorer. I did my best to get it, and with the help of my teammates, I won an incredible award. I have no personal greed at all. How can I help the team as a player, and what can I gain when I do what the team needs. The feeling may be important, but the effort to get it is more important. I will do my best this season. “I’m working hard, and the thought and mindset that I have to show more this year than I couldn’t show last season has been strong since the beginning of the season. I’m working hard to please soccer fans at every moment.”
Q. How did you view Jung Woo-young’s performance in the Asian Games? He wore number 7 and served as a scorer. What was it like as a senior?
A. “I don’t know if it would be helpful to (Jeong) Wooyoung if only certain players say this. The Asian Games are the result of everyone working together. It is the result of everyone, including (Lee) Kangin, (Seol) Youngwoo, and Wooyoung. . Wooyoung’s play helped the team a lot. He did a great job, and I want to congratulate him, but that’s not all. I don’t play soccer just for the Asian Games. I’ll think about these things carefully and develop into a better player. I hope so. After playing a tournament like this, you tend to get excited. Wooyoung is not that type of player, and considering his personality, he is a calm player. It was a tournament that helped him grow. It was all Korean soccer fans who performed well in the tournament. “I think you’ve seen it. As he showed such good play, I hope he shows good performance with the national team and develops into a great player. In our time, (Hwang) Uijo scored 9 goals, so it’s hard to compare.”
Q. Mickey van der Pen is nicknamed the fortune teller because he guesses the goal. A. “This time it was luck
. We were riding the bus, and we sat at the same table together. For some reason, I felt like I was going to score a goal, and when I told him, he just laughed and moved on without answering. I was just saying how I felt. I still have a feeling it’s coming.” “No, but I hope that the players can be rewarded in the results as they have prepared well.”