Tottenham fans react to ‘Team Legend’ Klinsmann interview
“Do we need SON against Vietnam?”.
The South Korean national soccer team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, will open their October evaluation against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Oct. 13. The team will then move to Suwon World Cup Stadium on Oct. 17 for the second match against Vietnam.
The Korea Football Association announced the roster for the two October A matches in a press release on Oct. 2. There was no press conference at the time. 카지노사이트킴 We didn’t hear a word from Klinsmann about the roster decision.
A week later, Klinsmann held a press conference with reporters at Paju NFC on the morning of the 9th. Instead of meeting with more than 100 journalists at the same time as his predecessor, Paulo Bento, Klinsmann split the press into smaller groups.
During the press conference, Klinsmann revealed his views on the fitness of the European squad, including Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae. He said, “The players come from Europe. Unlike Kim Min-jae, Son Heung-min hasn’t played in European competitions, so he’ll be less physically demanding,” he said.
“When I came to the national team, I felt it was a special moment and a privilege as a player. Even if I was a little tired, I wanted to play all the minutes, which is very motivating. For me, going to the national team was a vacation. Of course, I know the pressure on the players. Some of the players are tired, but when it comes down to it, everyone wants to play,” he added.
In the case of Son Heung-min, there have been ongoing health concerns locally. Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou himself has said that “Klinsmann will take care of him,” adding, in an oblique way, “I used to take care of players when I was coach of the Australian national team.”
In reality, Son was playing with a groin injury throughout September. In order to protect him, Postecoglou started him against Arsenal, Liverpool, and Luton and then substituted him early in the game. This is completely at odds with Postecoglou’s approach.
Klinsmann’s interview, in which he hinted at playing Heung-min rather than being considerate, angered local Spurs fans. On global Reddit, Tottenham fans expressed strong dissatisfaction, saying, “How can someone who is a team legend talk like that?” and “I respect him as a player, but I think he’s the worst human being and coach ever.
Another Tottenham fan questioned, “Why would South Korea play Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae against Vietnam?” “If you ask the players, none of them will say they don’t want to play. You’d be criticized if you said it,” pointing out the contradiction.