Tunisian coach “SON is a world-class striker… Tall Korea, set pieces are scary”
Coach Jalel Kadri, who leads the Tunisian national soccer team, praised Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) as a world-class striker, but focused on blocking the team rather than the individual player.
Coach Kadri attended a pre-press conference held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 11th ahead of the friendly match against the Korean national soccer team to be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 13th.
The Korean national team, led by Jürgen Klinsmann, invited Tunisia and Vietnam to their home country during the international match period in October. They are scheduled to play against Tunisia at the Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 13th, and then face Vietnam at the Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 p.m. on the 17th.먹튀검증
Tunisia, nicknamed the ‘Eagle of Carthage’, is one of the teams representing Africa at the 2022 Qatar World Cup held in November last year. Although they were eliminated in the group stage and failed to advance to the round of 16, they maintained their pride by beating the competition’s runners-up, France, 1-0 in the third game.
Building on the momentum of the victory against France, Tunisia achieved a good record of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss in 6 A matches in 2023 after the World Cup ended. The most recent match was a friendly against Egypt held on the 12th of last month, where they won 3-1, continuing their 3-game undefeated streak (2 wins, 1 draw).
Elies Schiri (Eintracht Frankfurt), who is ranked 29th in the FIFA rankings and is three levels below Korea, which is 26th, but is considered the best midfielder in the German Bundesliga, and Aisa Raiduni (also active in the Bundesliga) The midfield, including Union Berlin) and Manchester United prospect Hannibal Mebri, is evaluated as a threat.
With Tunisia, a powerful African team, invited to the team’s home, attention is being paid to whether Klinsmann can achieve his first win in Korea and run his second consecutive win in international matches.
Klinsmann, who has been leading the Taegeuk Warriors since last February, has played six international matches so far, but has not yet achieved a win at home. He continued his winless streak with 3 draws and 2 losses in 5 games until his first win since taking office with a 1-0 win against Saudi Arabia in Newcastle, England on the 13th of last month.
In particular, Klinsmann has not yet tasted victory in front of Korean home fans as he failed to win all four home games, including two consecutive games against Colombia and Uruguay in March, and two consecutive games against Peru and El Salvador in June.
Therefore, attention was focused on whether Klinsmann could achieve victory at the Seoul World Cup Stadium for the national team and fans facing Tunisia after 3,425 days. Korea will face Tunisia for the third time in nine years, after drawing 0-0 in March 2002 and losing 0-1 in May 2014.
With Korea aiming for its first win against Tunisia and its first win at Klinsmann’s home game, coach Kadri said in a pre-match press conference that he would focus on dealing with the team rather than individual Korean players.
The following is a Q&A with Director Kadri.
-First, please tell us how you feel about coming to Korea.
First of all, thank you. We are so happy to come to Korea. Of course, the time difference was almost 8 hours, so it was difficult for not only the team members but also everyone, but Korea has good hotels and transportation facilities, so I will prepare well as I expect to be in the best condition on the day of the game.
-I’m curious about how you analyzed Korea.
Korea advanced to the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup and had a high possibility of advancing to the quarterfinals and semifinals, but everyone knows that the match against Brazil was not an easy game. After the World Cup, there was a huge change and the coach also changed. The addition of Coach Klinsmann has been a great boost to Korea, and although it may take some time, a huge goal has been set after 6 games. Korea is scheduled to play against Arab countries such as Jordan and Bahrain during the Asian Cup held in January, and as an Arab country, we could be a similar opponent.
Korea is fast and has speed from defense to attack, and the team itself not only has good abilities, but also has many players with good individual abilities, so I think it is a good experiment for us and a good experiment for Korea as an Arab country. Korea is a very strong team, and it is a good challenge for us as they change offense and defense quickly, so we plan to prepare well for it.
-I wonder if you watched the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Among Korean players, including those who competed in the Asian Games, please choose which player you are most wary of.
I couldn’t watch the Asian Games in person because it wasn’t broadcast in Korea. First of all, congratulations on beating Japan and winning the Asian Games. I watched most of Korea’s games after the World Cup, and as I said before, Korea is a strong team. We have a lot of power to prevent this, but looking at the games against Saudi Arabia and Colombia, Korea has a quick transition from the defensive line to the offensive line, and there are many fast players and players who play for big European clubs, so even though it is an Asian country, it feels like a European team.
What I’m most worried about is that most Korean players are tall, so it’s about set pieces. So our goal is to prepare a lot and find solutions to improve not only individual performance but also team performance and organization.
And we are focusing on the team rather than the individual. There are many players who play for big clubs in Europe, and a player worth mentioning is of course Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), but Korea’s biggest advantage is that it is a strong team, so we focused on the team rather than the individual. Of course, Son Heung-min is one of the best players in the world these days, and there are many players in Korea who are fast and have excellent individual skills, so I think we need to block the offensive line, but I still think we need to block the team.
-I would like to ask how much you think Korea has changed compared to the Qatar World Cup.
During the World Cup, I only looked at our group stage opponents and did not analyze or watch Korea well. I watched the match against Brazil in the round of 16, but I watched it from the perspective of a spectator, not a coach. I watched all six games of Korea after the World Cup. I watched the Uruguay, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia games.
Of course, Korea is a great team and they have improved a lot, so even though they are a new coach, I think they have changed a lot in a short period of time. We have prepared well and trained a lot to prevent this, so we will play a good game tomorrow.