The first ever ‘telecommuting coach’ coach Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)’s method of using players has been put to the test.
On the 28th, the Korea Football Association announced the list of national soccer teams that will participate in the 2nd consecutive European expedition in September. After facing Wales in Cardiff, England on September 8 (Korean time), the national team will face Saudi Arabia in Newcastle on the 13th.
New recruits stand out. Kim Joon-hong (Gimcheon Sangmu), Kim Ji-soo (Brentford), and Lee Sun-min (Gwangju FC) were the first to wear the Taegeuk mark. In addition, the main center back combination Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai) and Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) returned, and Kang Sang-woo (Beijing Guohan), Lee Dong-gyeong (Ulsan), and Yang Hyun-jun (Celtic) also joined the national team after a long time.
But concerns outweigh expectations. Manager Klinsmann is criticized for his recent stay abroad and frequent outings. Since his appointment, he has been spending more time abroad, most recently at his home in the US for his birthday. At the time he analyzed domestic players, he appeared as a panel of foreign media and analyzed Harry Kane (Bayern Munich) and Lionel Messi (Inter Miami).
Attendance is also a problem, but grades are not good. He only had 2 draws and 2 losses against Colombia, Uruguay, Peru and El Salvador. All four games of ‘Klins Manho’ were played amid enthusiastic cheers from home fans in Korea, but the results were disappointing.
There is no choice but to raise the question of whether the player identification was done properly. Coach Klinsman showed a positive side by using Son Heung-min (Tottenham) as a free role in the matches against Colombia and Uruguay, but it is difficult to say that he used the strengths of other players properly. In particular, Ahn Hyeon-beom (Jeonbuk Hyundai) at the time of the Peru match was given a defensive role even though he was a player who fully developed his skills as an offensive wingback in the K-League. In the end, Ahn Hyun-beom made frequent mistakes and was replaced without showing his skills.안전놀이터
As the national team coach, knowing the players is more important than anything else. Unlike a club manager who trains together every day and allows the manager to apply his own tactics, it is important for the national team manager to find the best combination by maximizing the strengths of the players in a limited amount of time. However, looking back at coach Klinsman’s past four evaluation matches, there were many games where the weaknesses of the players were more highlighted than the strengths.
Coach Klinsman should show how to properly utilize players in the September evaluation match. In particular, the key is how to utilize players who are good at tactical movements, such as newly selected Lee Soon-min and Kang Sang-woo, who have been on the national team for a long time. I just hope coach Klinsman’s explanation, “I’m constantly observing domestic players,” is not a lie.