Director Klinsmann will definitely become stronger through this opportunity.”

Son Heung-min (Tottenham, from Chuncheon), the “captain” of the Korean national soccer team, expressed his feelings after being eliminated from the semifinals of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.꽁머니

The Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was completely defeated 0-2 in the semi-final of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup against Jordan at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Alayan, Qatar, on the 7th (Korea time).

South Korea (23rd) sought to win the title for the first time in 64 years, but ended in vain after being completely defeated by Jordan (87th), 64 notches below the FIFA ranking.

After the match, Son appeared in the joint coverage area (mix zone), but he looked depressed.

Korea recorded “0” shots on the day. The result is disappointing for both Son and fans who rely on Son’s toes.

Fans are disappointed by Klinsmann because expectations for the championship are higher than ever as it is considered the strongest ever.

Asked if he believed he could perform well in the 2026 North-Central America World Cup under Klinsmann, Son replied, “I think I should think about whether I can play for the national team in the future.”

It was not an indication of his retirement from the national team. It was a “general opinion” that Klinsmann might not choose him.

Son Heung-min added, “The coach may not think of me anymore and I don’t know the future.”

Son Heung-min then asked for trust in Klinsmann.

“From the director’s point of view, I think it’s natural that a lot of people should criticize and do it,” he said. “I think it’s a little too bad that the director is reprimanded.”

“Actually, even before the tournament, the coach’s view of the coach was so bad, so I think he must have been under a lot of pressure, but he overcame it well even in difficult situations, and he was very impressed by how he didn’t show any signs of taking care of the players and didn’t give up until the end,” he said.

“I’m sure you’ll be able to strengthen your team through this opportunity,” Son said. “You’ve been a member of the national team for about a year, and you’ll analyze more when you return to Korea. I think you’ll build a stronger team.”

Son also apologized to fans several times.

“It was a tournament where I felt too little and too little in leading the team,” he said. “Even though there were many sacrifices and dedication of players, I’m so sorry for the players and I’m so sorry for our fans and the Korean people.”

“Our team must be very disappointed and struggling because of the semifinal loss, so please reprimand me. I want to tell you that our players did a great job,” he said.

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