Coach Kim Eun-joong’s order ahead of the U20 World Cup match against France, “Don’t be nervous, as usual”￼
Head coach Kim Eun-joong of the Korea U20 soccer team emphasized the importance of playing without tension ahead of the first game of the 2023 Argentina U20 World Cup.
On the 23rd (Korean time) at 3 am at the Mendoza Stadium in Mendoza, Argentina, Korea and France will play the first leg of Group F of the 2023 Argentina U20 World Cup. Following the match against France, Korea will face Honduras on the 26th and Gambia on the 29th.
Korea faces a strong opponent from the first match of the group stage. France was assigned to Pot 1 in the group draw for this tournament, and is the only team among the four teams in Group F to have the experience of winning the U20 World Cup. This is the team that won the 2013 tournament. Korea is also the only team to lose in the opponent’s record. Korea only recorded 1 win, 3 draws and 4 losses in 8 matches in the previous confrontation with the French U20 national team.
Coach Kim conveyed his determination to face France through the Korea Football Association (KFA) before the game. He said, “Our players have prepared well. We have also played several friendly matches against European teams. France is strong, but if the players do not feel nervous and play our game, we will be able to have a good match.”메이저사이트
Regarding the strategy against France, he explained, “It is a team with good individual skills and physicality. We will fight in an organized manner. We emphasized that we should focus on cooperative defense and quick transition of offense and defense.”
Korea will play all three group stage matches at Mendoza Stadium. Manager Kim, who has visited the stadium in advance, explained the condition of the stadium, saying, “It is a stadium with a long history. It is well maintained. The grass is equipped for good matches.”
In this U20 World Cup, the top 4 countries among the 1st and 2nd places in each group and the 3rd place in 6 groups advance to the round of 16. If they do well against France in the first group stage match, Korea can compete in the second and third matches with an advantage in advancing to the tournament.
Coach Kim emphasized once again that we should not be nervous when asked what we want to say to the players ahead of the first game. “We analyzed and prepared for our opponents, but it’s important how well we can play. If we don’t get nervous on the field and use our skills, we’ll be able to play well. Don’t be nervous and let’s play as usual.” I want to,” he replied.