Hwang Hee-chan, who was involved in the controversy over the abuse, said, “I don’t say it’s hard even if I’m tired.”

January 15, 2024 | by

International competitions that take place during the season. It is true that there is a physical burden.

The Korean national soccer team will play its first Group E match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Jasim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday (Korea time). The opponent team will face Bahrain.

This is a game that cannot be lost given its objective performance. Korea is ranked 23rd in the world, the third highest among participating countries following Japan (17th) and Iran (21st). Bahrain is ranked 86th, far behind Korea.

Korea, which is joined by Son Heung-min, Hwang Hee-chan, Kim Min-jae and Lee Kang-in, boasts the best ever in terms of name value. Ace Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan are ranked third and sixth in scoring in this season’s Premier League, respectively, while Kim Min-jae is called the world’s best center back defender as of last year. Lee Kang-in has been reborn as a PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) central player. 마카오토토

The problem is physical strength. They were all the main players in their teams. Of course, they had a lot of time to play. Due to the schedule of the Asian Cup during the season, the burden of physical strength can be huge.

Hwang Hee-chan is also suffering from minor injuries. He only lightly trained himself before the match due to pain in his left hip muscle.

Some are expressing controversy over excessive use. Hwang Hee-chan also mentioned this point. At a press conference held at the main media center (MMC) for the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, Hwang said, “You may feel tired. Still, the players are happy to be part of the national team. I don’t say that it’s hard even though it’s hard,” adding, “They talk about positive things about what to do well. They try to create synergy among the players. The preparation process for the event was good. I want to win all the games. Then, you will get the desired result.”

Coach Jürgen Klinsmann likened the Asian Cup to a marathon. “A competition like the Asian Cup is a marathon,” he said. “Players who play in European leagues like Hwang Hee-chan are raising the level of the Korean national team. Our team is well prepared. We will bring great joy to our fans.”

On the match against Bahrain, he said, “No single game is easy. All teams are strong. No team is weak. Especially, the first game is more important than ever. I stressed to the players that they should focus only on the game in front of them. First of all, it is important to play well in the match against Bahrain.”


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