Director Shin Taeyong, “Waiting for Miracle”, “Making it to the round of 16? I think it’s heaven’s will”

January 25, 2024 | by

“I think it’s heaven’s will.”

Indonesia, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, lost 1-3 to Japan in the third Group D match of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at Altumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, at 8:30 p.m. on the 24th (Korea time). 헤라카지노

As a result, Indonesia ranked third in the group with one win and two losses and three points (loss -2), failing to confirm its advance to the round of 16. Instead, Japan advanced to the round of 16 as it ranked second in the group with two wins and one loss and six points.

“First of all, congratulations to Japan. As expected, we have to admit that Japan is a good team. I acknowledge the outcome of the match, but I also have a lot of complaints about the referee. Still, I want to applaud the players for doing their best,” coach Shin Tae-yong said after the match.

Indonesia, however, still has hope. This year, the top four teams among the six teams ranking third in their respective groups will join the tournament as wild cards. As Indonesia has already surpassed China, ranking third in Group A, with two points, if it slips one more in Group E and Group F, it can advance to the round of 16.

A foreign journalist called it a “miracle” and asked if he believed in the possibility. “This is not something I can say. I think it’s the will of the sky,” coach Shin Tae-yong briefly replied.

Coach Shin Tae-yong will take a break with his players and wait for the result of the third Group E and Group F matches to be held on Saturday. “I think we should take a day off tomorrow and wait for the result of the match. After a match, we usually have recovery training or rest the next day. I think we need to rest and watch the result before making a decision,” he said.

What was your favorite game among the three group matches? “I like the game that I won the most. The game against Vietnam that I won the most,” coach Shin Tae-yong said.

On this day, Indonesia took a strategy to counterattack the players, but often struggled with Japan’s forward pressure. Coach Shin Tae-yong said, “Japan has so many good strikers. The balance of offense and defense is good, and the pressure and counterattack are excellent. It was not easy for us to release the pressure. So the strikers were not noticeable. We lack experience in young players. Even when the ball was taken away, it did not develop well. It was difficult because Japan’s forward pressure was so good. It is something we need to supplement.”

Nevertheless, coach Shin Tae-yong saw hope at this year’s event. “It was a good experience for me as a coach as well. He led a team with low FIFA rankings, participated in the biggest competition in Asia, and showed what we want to do,” he said.

“In terms of the FIFA rankings, Indonesian soccer is at its weakest level, but in terms of the game’s contents, it has improved considerably. I also saw the hope of Indonesian soccer by bringing out the youngest players and playing against the best teams. I believe it will be of great help to the players as well,” coach Shin Tae-yong said strongly.


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