“Even if you can’t sit on the bench, there’s no big impact… No chance to win beyond summers”
South Korea, Portugal on 3rd, Group Stage 3… Decision on progressing to the round of 16
(Alayan = Yonhap News) Reporter Ahn Hong-seok Jang Bo-in = Korean national football team coach Paulo Bento said, “It is uncertain about the possibility of Kim Min-jae (Napoli) and Hwang Hee-chan ( Wolverhampton), who were injured in the match against Portugal, the last chance to advance to the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup Qatar.
Coach Bento said in a press conference held at the Main Media Center (MMC) in Al Rayyan, Qatar on the 1st (local time) the day before Portugal and the 3rd Group H match of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Regarding the possibility of Kim Min-jae’s appearance, coach Bento said, “I haven’t made a decision yet. We have to see the situation until tomorrow.”
Kim Min-jae started in the first game against Uruguay and the second game against Ghana, but injured his right calf muscle in the game against Uruguay.
However, Kim Min-jae, who played full time against Uruguay, played close to full time in the game against Ghana. In the 46th minute of the second half, he kept the defensive line until he was replaced by Kwon Kyung-won (Gamba Osaka).
Kim Min-jae could not spend normal training before the game against Ghana after the game against Uruguay, and even before the game against Portugal, he either trained separately or took a break at the accommodation.
If Kim Min-jae, who is considered one of the best defenders in the Italian Serie A league, is not able to play in the match against Portugal, it would be a big bad thing.
Hwang Hee-chan joined the national team after injuring his hamstring (muscle on the back of the thigh) in his team, but he did not recover quickly and missed the Uruguay and Ghana games.
Hwang Hee-chan spends routine training after the match against Ghana.
Bento said, “Hwang Hee-chan is training, but I don’t think I can say for sure if he will play in Portugal.”
Bento, who was sent off for protesting to the referee after the second group game against Ghana, cannot sit on the bench against his native Portugal. Even communication with the players is forbidden, such as not being able to enter the locker room at half time.
However, coach Bento said, “The players will not be affected by my inability to keep my seat.”
“We have to do our best with all the cards we have against a difficult team, a strong team,” he said. I think there will be a chance to win beyond that,” he showed confidence.
The following is a question and answer session with Director Bento.
— How are you preparing for the match against Portugal?
▲ Of course, you have to keep playing hard. We have to push ourselves to the limit and show our performance in our own style. The opponent is a very good and powerful team, individually and collectively. This is the most powerful team in the history of Portugal and has progressed to the round of 16. It may be a game where difficulties are doubled for us, but Korea will work harder and do their best
— You will not be able to sit on the bench this game, what will be the effect on the players?
▲ Players will not be as affected by my inability to keep my seat. I have been working with the players for a long time, and there are coaches who can take my place. I believe that everyone will take care of their roles and develop our strategies and tactics well. The decisions I made were not made unilaterally, but as a team. Even without me, the staff and others will make decisions together, so I trust them enough.
— How do you plan to stop Portugal?
▲ Portugal is a team with competitive players and no shortage of defenders or attackers. Both teams will do their best, but Korea has to use all the cards we have against a tough and powerful team and do our best.
– You have to block Cristiano Ronaldo, etc., but what have you specially prepared for?
▲ We prepare for the game, train, and prepare for different possibilities. Portugal has a lot of talented players, so you have to look at the team as a whole rather than focusing on a specific player.
— When will be the last chance to talk to the players?
▲ As I cannot train directly on the bench, I will do my best to prepare for the game. There will be difficulties, but this situation will not affect the performance of the players. Finally, there will be an opportunity to speak with the players before entering the stadium. The focus will be on the players, not me. Spectators go to the stadium to see the players, not the manager.
– Portugal have already progressed to the round of 16.
▲ Of course, we respect the opposing team, but we have to focus on our team rather than the results that Portugal will get. You have to be more patient and not stressed or trying to fix everything during the game. I will emphasize to the players that the opponent is strong, and I will tell them to go in with confidence.
— Can Hwang Hee-chan compete tomorrow?
▲ I’m training, but I can’t tell you if I’ll be participating.
— Your coaching career could be evaluated based on the results against Portugal.
▲ In the two games so far, we have shown a very high level and the image of the team is very good. The first game was balanced, and in the second game, especially in the second half, possession was high. There will be a chance for a good performance in the third game as well. I think there will be a chance to win over a draw as well. My 20-year leadership career is not all decided by this game, but we have to win and play at a high level. If you can do that, you can be satisfied.
— Can Minjae Kim participate?
▲ I haven’t made a decision yet. We must look at the situation by tomorrow.
– Explain the situation where you were sent off against Ghana.
▲ I already answered, but it wouldn’t have been the best way to respond in that way. It was a human reaction with emotions, and it could have been a mistake. But I think it’s a good situation. I thought it was an unfair decision (by the referee), and I thought it was an inconsistent decision. It didn’t even fit with common sense.
— How do you feel when you hear the Portuguese national anthem?
▲ Of course, there will be emotions when the national anthem is played, but I will also sing along with the national anthem of Portugal. As I said before, I’m Portuguese and I’m proud of it. I am also proud to have coached Korean players for a long time.
▲ At that time, Korea won, and regardless of the result, it was a proud and grateful thing to be able to represent the country in a global competition. It was my last as a player, so I have good experiences and memories.
– The match against Portugal could be the end of a four-year journey with the Korean national team. what feelings do you have
▲ I feel very good. Some of the objectives have been achieved. I came to the World Cup and did my best as a player and coach. We worked hard for what we love. I am very satisfied that we have created an identity. Whatever happens tomorrow, I will be proud and satisfied. I want to end my journey like that.
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