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Vietnam's Lao Dong said on the 15th (Korean time), "From Korea's perspective, the Vietnam game is the last test stage ahead of the 2026 World Cup 2nd qualifying round, which opens in November. In fact, they want a clear victory and performance, not just a simple victory." “It was reported.
The national soccer team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann defeated Tunisia 4-0 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 13th. Korea will face Vietnam, ranked 95th in the FIFA rankings, at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 17th.
Korea's next opponent, which achieved its first two consecutive wins since Klinsmann took office, is Vietnam, ranked 95th in the FIFA rankings. This is a team that falls far short of Korea's goal of winning the Asian Cup.
Vietnam lost 0-2 in a friendly match against the Chinese national team held in Dalian, China on the 10th. Vietnam also fell 0-2 to Uzbekistan at the same venue on the 13th. China is 80th in the FIFA rankings, and Uzbekistan is 75th.
Fortunately, the Korea Football Association did not invite Vietnam. An association official said, “We first received a call from Vietnam. “The condition was that Vietnam would cover all living expenses, including airfare and lodging,” he said.
In January 2023, Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo resigned and coach Trussier, who previously led the Japanese national team, was appointed. Like coach Park Hang-seo, he holds full authority over Vietnamese soccer while simultaneously leading the U-23 and adult national teams.
However, after Coach Trussier took office, Vietnam's upward trend completely slowed down. They won 1-0 over Syria-Hong Kong, 1-0 over Syria, and 2-0 over Palestine, but collapsed as soon as the match against the powerhouse began. Vietnam, which faced a superior opponent in the A match this October, showed a helpless appearance.
I met Korea under these circumstances. Regarding the match where the power gap was too large, Lao Dong pointed out, "Coach Klinsmann did not give any official evaluation of Vietnam. However, no matter what anyone says, Korea will want to win against Vietnam, or to be more precise, a perfect victory with good performance."
Lao Dong said, “Son Heung-min will either rest or play moderately in the game against Vietnam. Even if he is missing, Korea is strong.” He added, “In the first game against Vietnam, there is a high probability that Korea will give opportunities to players who did not play against Tunisia as substitutes. " he analyzed.
The media said, "From Vietnam's perspective, the match against Korea is the most valuable match since the third qualifying round of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. However, the difference in power between the two teams is clear. It is very unlikely that Coach Trussier's Vietnam will achieve a good performance against Korea. “He commented coldly.
Monday, October 23, 2023