The temperature difference between the two countries is clear. The foreign media also conveyed the atmosphere with the results of recent matches.
Global news agency ‘Reuters’ evaluated the recent A-Match results of Asian teams on the 11th (KST). “Jürgen Klinsmann has extended his winless streak to five games since taking over the South Korean national team,” while “Japan’s tactical flexibility pleased Hajime Moriyasu,” Reuters reported.
Klinsmann’s team drew 0-0 with Wales on Sept. 8 at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, in their first September test match. It was the fifth game without a win. Since setting sail in March, Klinsmann’s team has drawn three and lost two. Four goals scored and six conceded. The numbers show that both the offense and defense need to improve.
Against Wales, South Korea deployed a 4-4-2 formation. Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwillan) and Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) played up top. Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Gent) and Lee Jae-sung (Mainz 05) lined up on the left and right wings. Park Yong-woo (Al Ain) and Hwang In-beom (Zvezda) were in charge of the central midfield. Lee Ki-je (Suwon Samsung), Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), Jung Seung-hyun, and Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) were in the back four, with Kim Seung-kyu (Al Shabab) wearing the goalkeeping gloves.
A frustrating game followed. Wales, down a man, took the Korean attack with ease. Jung Seung-hyun and Kim Min-jae were the last defenders to stop the Welsh attack. The ball flow was at a standstill. Korea didn’t register a single shot on goal until midway through the first half. The closest they got was a left-footed cross from Lee Ki-jeon in the 37th minute, which was sharply headed towards Munjeon. The first shot didn’t come until the 39th minute. Son Heung-min tried to score with a curling kick, but it was long. The ball ended up in the goalkeeper’s arms. It was South Korea’s only shot on target against Wales.
The team relied heavily on individual ability. They struggled to find space in the Welsh defense down low. The second half was no different. There were few passes from the midfield. They relied on long passes from defense to attack. They were unable to deal with the pressure from their opponents’ forwards. A number of poor passes almost led to a crisis.
The Welsh attack was fierce from the back. South Korea got lucky. In the 21st minute, Moore’s header hit the right post. Broadhead’s shot from near the arc was deflected off a defender and almost cost them another goal. Suddenly, South Korea’s flank was completely broken down. Davis’ cross came in threateningly, but Kim Seung-gyu pushed it away with his body. Had it gone to Moore, it would have been an early goal.
Wales, who had won just one of their last 13 official matches, snapped a two-game losing streak against South Korea. Since Klinsmann’s appointment, South Korea have not won a single game. Three draws and two defeats in five games. Heads hung low as they failed to take anything away.
On top of that, Klinsmann has been embroiled in controversy lately. Since the A-match and official press conference in June, Klinsmann hasn’t been on the road much, mostly traveling between his home in the United States and Europe. He attended UEFA events in person and continued to be an influencer through overseas media outlets. He was also seen giving advice to Harry Kane, who recently moved to Bayern Munich.
Klinsmann even held an “online press conference” in response to continued criticism. “I am a workaholic. I’m a workaholic. We can work differently,” he said, trying to quell the controversy. The overseas schedule continued. Klinsmann traveled to England for the September trials, bypassing South Korea.
He remained calm after the draw with Wales. He claimed that he is still in the process of developing. After the game against Wales, Klinsmann said, “I’d say it’s Jung, we definitely need it. The last five games have been a good opportunity to check in for the World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Cup, which starts in November. The coaching staff is keeping a close eye on which players are going to the Asian Cup and the qualifiers,” he said in a relaxed manner.
The comments were also picked up by Reuters. “Klinsmann explained that South Korea is in the process of developing towards Qatar (Asian Cup). He said it was normal for generational changes to occur between World Cups.”
The temperature difference was stark. Three days after South Korea’s game, Japan thrashed traditional powerhouse Germany 4-1. It was even a home game for Germany. The Japanese demolished a Germany team that featured superstars like Kai Havertz (Arsenal), Serge Gnarbi and Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (FC Barcelona), and Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid).
Tactically, it was a perfect win. Japan countered Germany’s possession with counterattacks. There was no rush. The quick-footed Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Junya Ito (Reims) dug holes in the German backline.
Germany, who had dreams of revenge at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, were embarrassed at home. After conceding a first-half goal, they were soon leveled, but then conceded a second goal three minutes later, and then conceded back-to-back goals in the final minutes of the game to go down 1-4.
Japan is in a celebratory mood. “We are aiming high,” Moriyasu said in his post-match press conference, “The players were outstanding. They executed my difficult tactical changes perfectly.” “Japan’s tactical flexibility pleased Moriyasu,” Reuters reported.
In a bit of a shocker, Germany eventually fired head coach Hanzi Flick. Flick, who once won a treble with Munich, was labeled the first coach to be sacked in the 123-year history of the German Football Association.
In the wake of Flick’s dismissal, several candidates have emerged to take over. The German “Bild” even included Klinsmann, the current head coach of the South Korean national team. This is an unusual case. Not only has he been in charge for less than a year, but he still has about three years left on his contract. Bild also listed Oliver Glasner, Miroslav Klose, Rudi Feller, Jürgen Klopp, and Julian Nagelsmann as possible candidates for the next German manager.
Meanwhile, Reuters also reported on Saudi Arabia, South Korea’s next opponent in the September tournament. The Saudis have appointed Robert Mancini, who has previously managed Manchester City and Inter Milan. In his debut, Mancini’s side lost 1-3 to Costa Rica.안전놀이터
South Korea and Saudi Arabia will face off at 1 a.m. on Sept. 13 at St. James’ Park in Newcastle, England. “Newcastle fans have staged a protest against the use of the stadium,” Reuters reported. Newcastle United fans are not happy about the match.