The Korean national soccer team will have a rematch with Uruguay, which they faced at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. As former coach Paulo Bento drew 0-0 in the World Cup, attention is focusing on what results will be produced under the coaching system of Jurgen Klinsmann.
The national team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann will play a friendly match A against Uruguay at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 28th.
This match is the first match in four months since they met in the first match of the Qatar World Cup group stage last November. At that time, Korea drew with Uruguay 0-0 after a close match. As a result of the group stage, Korea and Uruguay recorded 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, but Korea dramatically advanced to the round of 16 before scoring the most points and Uruguay was eliminated.
After parting ways with manager Diego Alonso after the World Cup, Uruguay has yet to hire a new manager. This match will be led by Marcelo Brolly, the national under-20 national coach, as acting manager.
Compared to the World Cup, there is a change in the squad. Veterans such as Luis Suárez, Diego Godin and Edinson Cavani were missing, while Darwin Núñez and Ronald Araujo were unable to join due to injuries. Uruguay drew 1-1 against Japan on the 24th before coming to Korea.
Uruguay’s FIFA ranking is 16th, higher than Korea’s 25th. In terms of past opponents, Korea is inferior with 1 win, 2 draws and 6 losses. In a friendly match held in Seoul in October 2018, the only victory was a 2-1 win with goals from Hwang Ui-jo and Jung Woo-young (Al Sadd). If we beat Uruguay this time, we will win in five years.
Coach Klinsman attended a pre-press conference held at the National Football Team Training Center (NFC) in Paju on the 27th and said, “I played a good game against Colombia. “Uruguay is also strong like Colombia. But we are also a good team. We hope to have a good match tomorrow,” he said.
Regarding Federico Valverde, the core of Uruguay, Kim Min-jae said, “He is the player we need to be most wary of. There was a bad situation with us, but we shouldn’t do it with emotion. He will be angry,” he said. “Valverde is good at passing and breaking through in midfield. But I think what he does best is shooting. When it comes to shooting distance, you have to actively go out and block the shot.”스포츠토토
Uruguay coach Marcelo Brolli said, “Korea has a lot of good players on the roster. In particular, there are many players who play in world-class leagues in the attacking line, and strong pressure is a tactical strength.” “Analyzing the opponent is important, but I want to focus on our team. Our goal is to play the match prepared by Uruguay.”
Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates said, “It was difficult in the last game against Japan, but I think we played well. We are building a new team after the World Cup. I am looking forward to it more because it is a friendly match where new players can adapt.” I think it’s a good team against us in this World Cup and I think it will be a good experience.”
When asked if he was thinking of revenge after being knocked out of the World Cup round of 16, Coates said, “The past is in the past and I don’t care now. I have no intention of taking revenge just because Uruguay was eliminated and Korea went up.” We have to prepare. Tomorrow’s game will focus on the next generation.”