In an interview with Yonhap on the morning of December 21, star Son Heung-min announced that he would claim the Asian Cup championship after losing Korea to the final four years ago.
At the 2015 Asian Cup tournament, the Korean team encountered the Australian hosts in the final. Son Heung-min scored the goal for Korean football team, but Korea still lost the trophy because of a 1-2 defeat.
After 4 years, Son Heung-min showed determination in returning to Asia’s most prestigious tournament. He answered briefly: “The Korean team came to the Asian Cup 2019 with the only goal of winning the championship trophy”.
Contrary to Son Heung-min’s confident statement, coach Paulo Bento is cautious about Korea’s championship chances.
“I am very confident about the strength and gameplay of the Korean team. But don’t forget, we are not the only team that aims to win. I think Korea is not the number 1 candidate, ”he said.
The Korean coach shared: “We are studying each opponent’s play. The goal of the Korean team in the 2019 Asian Cup tournament is to clearly shape the play and apply what has been done in the training sessions. ”
On December 20, Coach Bento announced 23 South Korean players to attend the 2019 Asian Cup. With his status as Asia’s number one star, Son Heung-min is obviously present. Even so, he will miss the first two matches because of the agreement of Tottenham Hotspur club and the Korean Football Federation.
Accordingly, the Tottenham side agreed for Son Heung-min to win the Asiad 18 tournament – despite FIFA rules, “Rooster” has the right to refuse. In return, Korea’s No. 1 star must serve Tottenham until the end of January 11. Son Heung-min will play for South Korea since the match against China on January 16.
The most disadvantageous in the list of 23 Korean players attending the 2019 Asian Cup is in the name of Lee Seung-woo. Accordingly, the player was dubbed the “Korean Messi”, had time to eat at the famous La Masia oven without location in public goods. Instead, Bento coach put his trust in the two strikers Hwang Ui-jo and Ji Dong-won.
Coach Bento said he had summoned the strongest squad possible for the Korean team. In addition to Son Heung-min and Ji Dong-won, Korean audiences gathered European stars such as Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) and Hwang Hee-chan (Hamburger SV).