Malaysian media covered the interview with Coach Klinsmann.
Malaysian media outlet ‘Makanbola’ reported on the 11th (Korean time),안전놀이터 ‘The conflict between Korea and Klinsmann is deepening. ‘This provides relief to the Asian Cup opponents, especially Malaysia, so that they can take advantage of the situation in the Korean camp.’
The Korean national team, known as the Golden Generation, played against Europe’s powerhouse Wales with a full lineup, but failed to win this time. The Korea A national team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, drew 0-0 with Wales in a friendly match held at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales at 3:45 a.m. on the 8th (Korean time).
Coach Klinsmann has not won in five games since taking office. Due to this match, we have to prepare for the match against Saudi Arabia with the worst record of 3 draws and 2 losses.
Despite Wales coach Rob Page declaring in advance that he would “rather not play” this game, he started a stronger-than-expected best 11. Wales has a Euro 2024 qualifier in three days, but it appears that Coach Page felt the pressure of forming a strong lineup against Korea and risking injuries to key players.
Korea had more possession, but had better opportunities in the second half, such as substitute Kiefer Moore’s header hitting the goal post.
The most disappointing thing about this game was Klinsmann’s tactics. Coach Klinsmann brought the classic 4-4-2. Hong Hyun-seok and Lee Jae-seong were deployed as wingers, and a 4-1-4-1 build-up was attempted, with Park Yong-woo as the one-ball player.
Except for Park Yong-woo, all of the attacking players were placed in the front line between the defenders, and since Wales had invested a lot of personnel in the midfield to block the midfield, Park Yong-woo had no choice but to be isolated. Also, despite the classic 4-4-2 tactic, deploying Lee Jae-seong and Hong Hyun-seok as wingers was also a defeat.
Since there was no specialized winger, it was not easy to attack the side, and in the end, a situation arose where the attack had to be left to Kim Min-jae’s long balls and Son Heung-min’s penetration. In the end, Son Heung-min came down to help with the build-up with a free roll, and from that point on, at least some offensive attacks were made.
Malaysian media paid attention to Klinsmann’s interview. Klinsmann is often criticized for leaving the team and going abroad, but he has his own answer. “Staying only in Korea is not efficient. When there is nothing to do in Seoul, it is better to meet people in Europe,” Klinsmann said.
“That’s how Korean football can develop. If you don’t like it, just find another coach. It doesn’t matter. I’m a hard-working person like the Koreans. No matter where I am, I’m working for the Korean national team. I’m 100% focused on the Asian Cup. “I also want to emphasize that in order to succeed, I have to choose what I think is the best way,” he said.
Malaysia is scheduled to play in Group E of the Asian Cup group stage along with Korea, Jordan, and Bahrain. They said that the deeper the sentiment between Klinsmann and Korea deepens, the more Malaysia benefits.