“Lee Ki-je, I Know We Believe”… Director Klinsmann ‘Tilted’ Over Controversy Over Replacing Responsibilities
Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the national soccer team, tilted his head when the question of “replacement of blame” was asked.
Jürgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the Korean national soccer team, opened up about the recent controversy over the replacement of Lee Ki-je. “The move was aimed at avoiding being kicked out,” he said firmly.
The situation was like this. Lee started as a left-side defender in the first Group E match against Bahrain at 8:30 p.m. (Korea time) in Doha, Qatar on the 15th (Korea time), revealing his anxiety. Starting with receiving a single warning, he also provided an excuse in the run-scoring scene.
Manager Clinton left the game at the eighth minute in the second half. Then, he put Kim Tae-hwan in the right defense and turned Seol Young-woo, who was on the right, to the left. Controversy arose over the replacement of Moon Jae-sung.
However, Klinsmann firmly drew the line. “Every player who participates in the event will have difficulty in their first match. Also, it is hard to predict the current situation of the game. Back then, we received warnings too fast. We didn’t want to risk getting a red card. We replaced it to prevent him from being sent off,” he said.
Lee has been playing as a built-in starting defender under Coach Klinsmann. However, he has no record of playing for his team since Sept. 30 last year. This is why there are concerns over Lee’s possible sense of play in the actual game. Despite this, Coach Klinsmann has displayed “trust” in Lee.
“This is different from the fact (that Lee Ki-je’s replacement is censure). Lee Ki-je knows that we trust him. There is no problem. He is a very professional and focused player. He doesn’t care too much. There is no time to look back on the match against Bahrain. 헤라카지노 The important things are the games we have to play in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Korea got off to a fresh start by winning the first group match 3-1 against Bahrain. After taking a full rest on the day after the match (on June 16), the team will prepare for the second match against Jordan on June 20. The training session was divided into recovery and non-recovery groups. Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton), who had been excluded from the team’s training due to accumulation of hip fatigue, joined the training for the first time with a bright expression on his face.