Coach Klinsmann Stressing ‘Rival Ritual’… “Japan Will Prepare for Our Rival, Victory”

Jürgen Klinsmann (59, Germany), who announced 26 players who will participate in the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar, expected a showdown with Japan. Japan is the opponent that the Korean national team, which is aiming to win the Asian Cup for the first time in 64 years, must overcome. Klinsmann vowed to win the Asian Cup by beating Japan through thorough preparation.

Coach Klinsmann unveiled 26 players who will compete in the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup at Yongsan CGV in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on the morning of the 28th. There were also surprise selections such as Kim Ji-soo (19, Brentford) and Yang Hyun-joon (21, Celtic), with key members who are shining in the European big leagues, including Son Heung-min (31, Tottenham), Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich), Lee Kang-in (22, Paris Saint-Germain), and Hwang Hee-chan (27, Wolverhampton).랭크카지노

After announcing the list, Klinsmann immediately held a press conference with reporters. Answering various questions, including his ambition to participate in the Asian Cup, composition of the roster, and the timing of joining overseas players, Klinsmann also said how he would evaluate Japan and how he would handle the match. “There are teams that we can play against in this Asian Cup that we have to be careful about. There are many good teams in Australia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Qatar, etc., and they are by no means easy teams. Japan is the rival of the Republic of Korea. It will be a special match,” Klinsmann said.

“There were Netherlands and England when I was a coach for the German national team, and Mexico when I was a coach for the U.S. national team. The rivalry is quite special and I’m looking forward to it. Japan hopes to meet in the finals. Japan’s matches are being watched constantly. The same goes for other countries. I’m thinking about how to prepare for it,” he added.

Japan is the most likely candidate to win the Asian Cup. The biggest weapon is the leadership of Coach Hajime Moriyasu (55, Japan), who led the Japanese national team to the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup Qatar. Core resources Takehiro Tomiyasu (25, Arsenal) and Kaoru Mitoma (26, Brighton and Hove Albion) are likely to be eliminated due to long-term injuries, but despite this, there are a number of players who play in the European big leagues such as Takefusa (22, Real Sociedad), Endo Wataru (30, Liverpool), Junya Ito (30, Stad de Reims), and Ko Itakura (26, Mönchengladbach).

Klinsmann, who belongs to Group E of the tournament, has to advance to the final to meet the Japanese national team at the Asian Cup. At the last tournament led by Coach Paulo Bento (Portugal), the Korean team could not resolve its resentment, being held back by Qatar in the quarterfinals. Qatar, which defeated the Republic of Korea, secured the championship by defeating Japan in the final. The two countries, which fell victim to extraordinary circumstances, are committed to recovering their pride in the upcoming tournament.

Klinsmann confidently said, “This event is an opportunity to fulfill our 64 years of experience.” “I repeat, considering the players’ performance, it is a good chance to win. We are a team that can win, and I think we will make a special moment with these players. I have high expectations since Japan has shown strong growth in recent years. I will prepare for the championship.”

Team Korea, which has started to harden in Korea, will hold an off-season ceremony on Tuesday and leave for Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, the venue for its off-season training. The main players, including Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan, will fly to the off-season training site there after finishing their matches. Only Lee Kang-in, who has to play the Trope de Champaign (Super Cup) match on Thursday, will join the team belatedly.

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