As the outline of the team that advanced to the round of 16 at the Asian Cup in Qatar was revealed, concerns about the rotation strategy of the South Korean men’s soccer team in the third round of the group stage have also deepened. The key is to maintain performance while preparing for a pile of warnings and a series of injuries, and attention is focusing on how much change coach Jurgen Klinsmann will make to the starting list.
Korea will play its final group match against Malaysia on Saturday, where it was confirmed to be eliminated from the group stage with two losses. For starters, changes are expected in the roster of fullbacks. Left fullbacks Kim Jin-soo (Jeonbuk Hyundai) and Lee Ki-je (Suwon FC) are hurt and will not be able to play in matches. Kim Jin-soo injured his left calf before the tournament, while Lee Ki-je injured his hamstring during the second group match against Jordan. The Korean team said Lee will not play in the match against Malaysia. The timing of Kim’s return, which is recovering from injury, has not been set yet, but it will be possible only after he advances to the tournament.
On the rise of the full-back line, Klinsmann also mentioned the transition to a back three, but given his tendency to not make many changes tactically, it is very unlikely to be realized.
When going to Baekpo, the fullback is expected to be a combination of right-footed left fullback Seol Young-woo (Ulsan) and right fullback Kim Tae-hwan (Jeonbuk), who showed off in the second half of the first and second group matches. The national team showed an advantage in the midfield battle with this combination, and made wide use of the right side space, giving it a breath of attack.
Manager Jürgen Klinsmann said, “In terms of yellow card management, we can make significant changes to other positions as well. For starters, we might want to consider Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk Hyundai) card instead of Park Yong-woo (Al-Ain), who was given a warning in the first group match against Bahrain. Park’s partner could also be Hong Hyun-suk (Hent), who is active and is good at attacking. Hwang In-beom (Zvezda) is the first choice for this position, but he also needs to manage his card in the second group match against Jordan.
Another consideration is to make changes to the center back line. Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich), the “core of defense,” was given a warning in the first match against Bahrain. Yellow cards that he received at the group stage are valid until the quarterfinals. If Kim Min-jae receives one more warning in the quarterfinals, he cannot play in the semifinals. Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan) can stand in the position of center back in the left side where Kim Min-jae used to stand. Kim Young-kwon has a lot of experience in big stages such as World Cups, and he is a left-footed player, so he shows strength in the build-up including passes that spread widely through the sides.
Considering the physical arrangement of key players, changes are expected in the position of striker. Jung Woo-young (Stutgarth) could be used as one of the two-top players or as a left-side striker instead of Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur). If so, he could save Son’s physical strength and deploy Lee Jae-seong (Mintz), who is deployed on the left-side, at the center, 랭크카지노주소 a position that his team is familiar with.
If even right-side midfielder Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain) is prepared for his physical strength, a series of moves can be expected to place Hong Hyun-suk in the second line and put Lee Soon-min (Daejeon) in the third line as a pair of Park Jin-seop, putting Lee Jae-sung in Lee Kang-in’s empty spot.
The problem is that the main players may lose their sense of play when they take such a drastic rotation. The schedule for the round of 16 will vary depending on the final ranking of the group stage, and if they take the lead in Group E, they will face off against the second place in Group D on the 31st. If they rank second in Group E, they will face off against the first place in Group F a day earlier. There will be a gap of at least five days from the final group match to the tournament schedule. Moreover, if they become the lead in Group E, they will face Japan, the most likely winner in Group D. Considering such a schedule, they can operate the rotation at the level of card management in the match against Malaysia to maintain the best performance.