This match against Wales is expected to be a watershed for Jurgen Klinsmann, who is facing his biggest crisis since taking office as the coach of the Korean national soccer team.스포츠토토

The national team will play a friendly match against Wales at 3:45 a.m. on the 8th (Korean time) at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, England. With the national team playing its first European away game in about 5 years and 6 months, the national team will attempt to achieve its first win since Klinsmann took office in the first game, against Wales.

Klinsmann, who has led the national team since last March, faced the biggest crisis since his appointment. He has not won any of the four A matches he has played so far. In addition, the fact that he has not properly kept the permanent residency in Korea that was set as a condition when he took office, and has been consistently traveling overseas and working from home, and that he is absorbed in work that has nothing to do with the national team, such as watching Harry Kane’s transfer to Bayern Munich and Lionel Messi’s matches, As this is revealed, criticism continues.

Since we have only played 4 games so far, it may take some time. However, among all foreign coaches who have coached the national team, Klinsmann is the first to not have a win in four games since taking office. Humberto Coelho and Johannes Bonfrere, who were not well received. This means that even Uli Stielike won within 3 games. As such, the initial flow of the Klinsmann is not good. However, it does not show a clear tactical color. This is why this victory over Wales is important.

The British BBC also paid attention to Klinsmann’s situation and analyzed that this match against Wales would be a critical moment. On the 7th, the BBC said, “Klinsmann, is time running out for the winless Korean coach?” and added, “It’s not just Wales coach Rob Page who needs a win.” Klinsmann also desperately needs a win.

He continued, “Klinsmann is under pressure after only 6 months in office due to poor performance and unfavorable work style,” and added, “Korea recorded 2 draws and 2 losses in 4 games held at home. This is not only in the World Cup qualifiers in November, but also in the 1960 World Cup qualifiers. “It’s not ideal preparation for the Asian Cup in January, the last tournament we won,” he said, pointing out that Klinsmann has been performing poorly.

He also pointed out that the aforementioned conditions for permanent residence in Korea were not being followed. The BBC raised the issue, saying, “At a press conference after taking office, Klinsmann announced his intention to live in Korea, as did previous coaches. However, it is estimated that Klinsmann stayed in Korea for only 67 days during the six months.” .

After playing Wales, the national team will face Saudi Arabia in Newcastle. Klinsmann did not hold a press conference when announcing the list of players participating in this two-game away series, but only announced it through a press release. The reason was that it was sufficient to hold a press conference after being called up, as some of the players announced before being called up may be replaced due to injuries or other reasons.

Regarding this, the BBC pointed out, “Despite growing concerns, Klinsmann nominated the national team roster remotely through a press release. This was a departure from the long-standing tradition of Korean national team leaders holding a press conference to explain the criteria for announcing the roster.” .

“If Klinsmann doesn’t get results against Wales and Saudi Arabia, he may find he can spend as much time as he wants in California,” he said, mentioning the possibility of his sacking.

Fortunately, news that could be good news for Klinsmann was delivered. Wales decided to send only 1.5 troops to the Korea match to prepare for the European Championships. Wales will travel to Latvia on the 12th to play the 6th round match in Group D of the Euro 2024 qualifiers. Wales is currently in 4th place out of 5 teams with 1 win, 1 draw, 2 losses, and 4 points, so it is unclear whether they will advance to the finals, so they must catch Latvia, the lowest ranked team.

This means that we will not lose our energy ahead of the important game against Korea. Coach Rob Page said in a pre-press conference that he did not attach much importance to the game against Korea, saying, “To be honest, I don’t want to play a friendly game. There are injuries, and the most important game is the game against Latvia.”

At the same time, he predicted a large rotation, saying, “We also have to manage the players. We are planning which players will play and how much. We can replace many players in the second half.”

It is known that Aaron Ramsey, who plays for Wales, and Brennan Johnson, who moved from Nottingham Forest to Tottenham this summer and became Son Heung-min’s teammate, are likely to miss out altogether.

In fact, Klinsmann had a chance to get his first win against Wales, which was ranked 1.5. Klinsmann summoned all the elite members, including Kim Min-jae and Son Heung-min, as well as Oh Hyun-gyu and Cho Kyu-seong, who were not in good condition due to injuries. Even if they do not win against Wales or Saudi Arabia, a friendly match against Vietnam is scheduled for October. Even if they don’t, they are likely to get their first win in the Vietnam game.

However, if he does not perform well in the European expedition this September as predicted by the BBC, we cannot ignore the possibility that he will be sacked without even having to go to the Vietnam War.

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