After being rested against Tunisia, ‘Captain’ Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham) will play against Vietnam.
Jürgen Klinsmann’s men’s national team thrashed Tunisia 4-0 at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. Lee Kang-in scored a hat trick and Hwang Eui-jo added a brace. It was South Korea’s first back-to-back wins under Klinsmann. It was also their first win at home.
While the victory is important, there is a bigger payoff. Klinsmann made a big decision to rest Son Heung-min. On his first day, Klinsmann said, “He’s not physically strong because he didn’t play in the Champions League,” but Tottenham finally listened.
Thank goodness. It would have been the death of the goose that laid the golden egg if Son’s condition worsened during the trial. It was a valuable experience for South Korea to learn what happens when Heung-min is out and how to prepare for it. Lee Kang-in, the youngest member of the squad, also showed off his offensive prowess.
The next opponent is Vietnam, ranked 95th in the FIFA rankings. This is a team that is far from Korea’s opponent. Vietnam lost 0-2 to China on the 10th and 0-2 to Uzbekistan on the 13th.
However, the KFA did not invite Vietnam. “Vietnam contacted us first,” said an official from the association, “and the condition was that Vietnam would pay for all the expenses such as airfare and accommodation.메이저사이트
From Vietnam’s point of view, they could afford to pay for the experience of playing against Asia’s strongest team, Korea. Moreover, playing against the world-class Son Heung-min, the Premier League’s September Player of the Month, is a dream match for Vietnamese players. The benefits are beyond imagination.
Vietnam will also benefit from the match with Son Heung-min. In Vietnam, the South Korea match is a huge topic of conversation. There are huge fringe benefits such as advertisements on TV. A large number of reporters from Vietnam will also travel to South Korea to cover Son Heung-min.
However, it is still questionable whether Son will be able to play against Vietnam. After all, if Klinsmann rested his captain against Tunisia, there’s a good chance he’ll rest him against Vietnam. However, it is likely that Son will want to play in front of his home fans.
Son’s participation is now a big issue not only for Korean fans, but also for Vietnam’s 100 million fans.