Jürgen Klinsmann’s (59) words were not convincing.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, drew 0-0 with Wales in an international friendly at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, England, at 3:45 a.m. ET on Aug. 8.
Since taking over in March, Klinsmann has coached the South Korean national team in five A matches, including one against Wales, but has yet to win a game. After two draws and two defeats in four A matches in March and June, he added another one today.
The victory was a much-needed one for Klinsmann, who has been criticized for his recent domestic issues. Not just for Klinsmann, but also for the national team, which hasn’t won a game since his arrival, but South Korea played a lethargic game with only one shot on target.
The fans are not happy with Klinsmann, as he has had to take on a number of commitments outside of the Korean Football Association, such as the UEFA, that have not yielded results. Despite being the head coach of the Korean national team, he has been focusing more on his outside commitments.
Klinsmann, who held a remote press conference on March 17, responded to the criticism by saying, “Maybe it’s a stereotype, maybe the way I understand it is different. I think there are some misunderstandings that come from ‘different’ and some things that are not fully understood,” he said, adding that the idea that a national team coach should be based in the country is a stereotype.
However, after watching the game, Klinsmann’s argument is not entirely convincing.
According to data from statistical outlet Potmob, South Korea had a high possession rate of 61%, but only four shot attempts and only one on target. Wales, on the other hand, had 11 shots and four on target, despite a relatively low percentage of possession.
Despite the presence of Son Heung-min, who recently scored a hat-trick against Burnley in the Premier League, Cho Kyu-sung, who has scored four goals in 11 games since joining the team, Hong Hyun-seok, who scored a multi-goaler just before joining the national team, Lee Jae-sung, who tasted goals in the Bundesliga, and Hwang Hee-chan, who scored two goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team failed to create any threatening chances.
“South Korea were limited to long-range efforts from captain Son Heung-min and Hwang In-beom despite high possession,” said the BBC, noting that the team relied on individual ability without a detailed tactical plan.
Klinsmann’s work ethic since taking over the reins of the South Korean national team deserves to be criticized, even if the team is performing well. The only way Klinsmann can make his point is if the national team performs well, as he has been distracted from his duties by giving interviews to foreign media about Lionel Messi’s match with Inter Miami and giving advice to “Bayern Munich junior” Harry Kane.토토사이트
However, Klinsmann became the first coach in Korean soccer history to fail to win his first five games in charge.