Vietnamese coach meets Klinsmann-ho, “Korea is world class…an opportunity to grow”
Coach Philippe Trussier (France), who leads the Vietnamese national team, showed great expectations about playing the international match against a strong team called Korea.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will play the second friendly match of the two-game international match against Vietnam in October at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 17th.
Coach Klinsmann, who had been winless with 3 draws and 2 losses in 5 games since taking office, succeeded in defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 last September, and is aiming for a 3-game win in a row against Vietnam following the 4-0 win against Tunisia.
The match against Vietnam is a preparation for the second qualifying round of the Asian region for the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup, which will be held in November.
As it is an important match for Korea, Vietnam is also trying to strengthen its organizational strength against the powerhouse called Korea.
Vietnam, which was previously led by former coach Park Hang-seo and is familiar to domestic soccer fans, is currently led by coach Philippe Troussier (France). He led the Japanese national team from 1998 to 2002 and led the team to the round of 16 at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Vietnam is aiming for another leap forward with coach Trussier.
Coach Trussier, who was present with central defender Do Duy Man (Hanoi) at a pre-press conference held at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the afternoon of the 16th, a day before the Korean game, said, “We prepared a lot against world-class Korea. We did not do well in the previous games. “We focused on preparing for it,” he said.
He continued, “Currently, Vietnam is creating a new team. We are bringing in new players and building them step by step. We have prepared accordingly,” and added, “The fundamental goal is to grow not only through this match but also through the next match.”
He also did not spare praise for Korea’s growth. Coach Trussier said, “Compared to 20 years ago, Korea’s level has been raised to the point where it is recognized in Europe. This can be seen through the continued participation in the World Cup. The players’ skills are improving every year, and promising players are emerging.”
At the same time, he also mentioned his belief in the development potential of the Vietnamese team, saying, “The skill gap with teams from small countries may seem large, but I believe that the gap is narrowing. The gap will improve over time.”
◇The following is Coach Klinsmann’s Q&A
– Thoughts ahead of the Korea game
“We faced China in the first game (October A match) and are about to play the last game against Korea, a strong team. We prepared well to finish well. First of all, we are top class and world champion. We prepared a lot against Korea, a class team. We prepared with a focus on what we were unable to do in the previous games. Currently, Vietnam is creating a new team. We are bringing in new players and building them step by step, and we prepared accordingly. The fundamental goal is to grow through matches, the next match, etc. The goal is to become reborn enough to compete against strong teams. -You
led the Japanese national team in the past, what are the big differences between Korea 20 years ago and Korea now?안전놀이터
“Compared to 20 years ago, Korea It can be seen that the players are recognized in Europe, and the standard has been raised to the point where they are classified as the best players in Europe. Continuing to participate in the World Cup proves that. The basic skills of players are increasing significantly every year, and we can see promising young players emerging. The gap with teams from smaller countries may seem large, but I believe the gap is narrowing. There is a difference in skill, but it will improve over time.”
– It is said through the media that he is looking forward to a face-to-face match with Son Heung-min. If there is a player other than Son Heung-min he is looking forward to a face-to-face match with,
“(without mentioning specific players) there are a lot of new players in Vietnam. I am grateful to be able to compete against a strong team like Korea. I think this will be the foundation for building a team in the future. China, Uzbekistan, Korea, etc. had power that (Vietnam) could not show, but this Asia tour was planned for growth. “I will focus on maximizing this opportunity as much as possible and consolidating the learning process.”
-Korea is classified as a stronger team, so what is the Vietnam national team’s purpose for this match? We used a lot of youth in the last match against China and Uzbekistan, and we will test them this time as well. Will we do it?
“It is a process of becoming one team. Matching with Korea is a huge opportunity. Regardless of youth, everyone will do their best. This is not a test. Instead, we expect the players to show their skills as well as possible.”