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"I requested it during the game and changed it. I'm grateful to the director who listened to my story and changed it, and to (Lee) Jae-sung-hyung
There was a behind-the-scenes story about Lee Kang-in's position shift. During the game, he asked the coach himself, and as a result, it served as a "motor force" for the team to win.
Lee Kang-in took the lead in the team's 4-0 victory by scoring multiple goals in the 10th and 12th minutes of the second half in an A match evaluation match against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th.
He has played a significant role as a key role. With "captain" Son Heung-min waiting on the bench in the aftermath of the groin injury, Lee Kang-in was given an offensive free-roll role instead and actively played the ground. After the game, Lee Kang-in said, "First of all, the team's victory was the most important."
South Korea struggled with Tunisia's defense of the five-back mesh, leading to a frustrating trend. He took the lead and launched an offensive, but no goal was scored. Lee Kang-in opened the door as he moved. He moved from the central midfielder to the right and aimed for opportunities with de-pressurization and sharp passes using his unique dribbles, and it paid off in the second half.
He got a free kick himself and came on as a kicker and shook the corner of the net cheerfully with a fantastic left-footed kick in the 10th minute of the second half. In the 12th minute of the second half, he slipped and fell while competing with a defender in the penalty box. Lee Kang-in, who stood up straight like a tuck, grabbed the ball and split the corner of the right goal with a left-footed turning shot.
Lee Kang-in directly asked Jurgen Klinsmann to move. Lee Kang-in said, "The coach gives the players freedom in every game. His performance improved again today as he changed his position. I changed it because I requested it during the game. I am grateful to the director who listened to my story and changed it, and to (Lee Jae-sung) brother who listened. I will do my best to make the team win," he said emphatically.
Asked if he was greedy for a hat trick, Lee Kang-in said, "I don't think I'm a goal scorer. If I score two goals, I have never thought that I want to score one more goal to do a hat trick. The most important thing is winning the team, and the most important thing is that the team does well. Maybe all players are the same," he replied with a smile.
As for his physical condition, he said, "I try not to get injured every moment. I don't know how many injuries will come in the future, but I have to try to take care of my body as well as possible," he said, adding, "I'm actually not sure about the question that it's 100% now." I don't know when I'm 100% or not," he said with a smile.
59,018 people who visited the stadium chanted Lee Kang-in. The decibel reached 110 when Lee Kang-in caught or de-pressurized the ball and scored a goal. "As I always say, thank you for bringing attention and supporting me. The most important thing is the team's victory. "I'm coming to the national team, and if I can keep coming, I want to do my best to help the team win every game and win the competition," he said.
Sunday, October 15, 2023