Uzbek 34,000 spectators unilateral cheering offensive… Kim Eun-joong, who is still young, the key is to adapt to the new environment
All circumstances are unfavorable to Kim Eun-joong.
The under-20 (U-20) soccer team led by coach Kim Eun-joong will play Uzbekistan and 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-20 Asian Cup semifinals (semi-finals) at 11:00 pm on the 15th in Korea time at the Milly Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. .
It is a dragon and tiger. Korea recorded 2 wins and 1 draw in the group stage, took first place in Group C and advanced to the quarterfinals, then defeated China to advance to the semifinals. Uzbekistan also took the lead in Group A with the same result토토사이트, and in the quarterfinals won against Australia in a penalty shoot-out.
The two teams know each other well. In November of last year, Kim Eun-joong visited Uzbekistan and played two warm-up matches against the home team. At that time, the score was 1 win and 1 draw. However, in the case of Korea, there is a change in the squad, so the record at that time cannot guarantee victory.
The biggest variable is the home advantage. Uzbekistan received enthusiastic support from 34,000 spectators in all three group matches and quarterfinals. Since he played 3 out of 4 games at Millie Stadium, he has adapted to all the environments. You can raise your momentum with overwhelming energy and huge shouts on your back.
On the other hand, Korea did not encounter a noisy environment during the 4 games. 53 against Oman, 221 against Jordan, 318 against Tajikistan, and 467 against China. We have to play our first ‘big match’ in Uzbekistan. It is definitely not an easy environment for young players. Director Kim also expressed concern, saying, “It’s my first time in an atmosphere like this, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to adapt well.”
Besides, Uzbekistan took a day off more than Korea. Since the quarterfinals were held on the 11th, compared to Korea, which fought against China on the 12th, I have more stamina. In short-term competitions like this, a difference of one day off can be a big variable.
Still, Kim Eun-joong has no intention of backing down. Director Kim said, “You can overcome with mental strength. It is a team that knows each other well. I think the game will be decided depending on which team is in better condition on the day of the match.” Striker Seong Jin-young also said, “Everyone is happy because we got the World Cup tickets we wanted. I will not be complacent about winning this game and will do my best to prepare well for the next game against Uzbekistan.”