“I had the ambition to go to the round of 16.”
With this, Korea recorded 1 win, 1 draw, 1 loss and 4 points, advancing to the round of 16. Although they beat Ghana 2-0 and recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, Uruguay tied the game in points and goal difference, but dramatically won the round of 16 tickets ahead with 4 goals (Uruguay 2 goals).
Head coach Sergio Costa, who held a press conference in place of coach Bento, said, “I thought the round of 16 was possible. I had the ambition to do it,” he said.
The following is a question and answer session with head coach Sergio.
-Who watched the game between Uruguay and Ghana on their mobile phone?
“I was watching closely. I couldn’t just focus on our game. I had to refer to the other games. There were a lot of mobile phones in that position. There wasn’t just one smartphone.”
-The director said that Portugal is the best
“As I said yesterday, I think Portugal are still a great team. But Korea is also a formidable opponent. He is a tough opponent. So it was stronger because we played that strategy well, not only this game, but the last three games.”
-After Kim Young-gwon’s injury in the second half, striker Hwang Eui-jo was brought on. Did you discuss with the manager beforehand?
“No (no). In fact, we could not have a direct conversation during the game. In the case of coach Bento, before that, he only informed us of our overall strategy. He set our overall strategy, including our overall strategy. defend and attack. We can’t tell you anything about it.”
– Semi Finals 2002, how far can we go this time?
“Well, I think it will be very difficult to compare with that time. In 2002, I watched it on TV. Personally, I don’t know much. “I know the players well. They are organized. Our players have very good individual abilities. We need to develop them by polishing them more. The players have strong personalities. We will be able to do better with what we have achieved so far.”
-How did Director Bento react?
“To be honest, I have to sit here at the moment. I don’t like these seats very much. I prefer to be next to the manager. He’s a great manager. We need him to lead in front of us. Very detailed, really point-by-point guide. He did it. He was very satisfied. We have 72 hours left before our next game. The players are tired , so we have to train well.”
– There was criticism of Bentoho, but did you have faith in the round of 16?
“I thought it was possible. There are pessimistic and optimistic people around the world. We knew our strengths and weaknesses. We also analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents. I have the ambition to be there. Even with a humble heart, I was able to aim for the round of 16.”