Bento coach “Lee Kang-in, use it when necessary… Think of the team rather than the individual”

Bentuho, evaluation match against Costa Rica at Goyang Sports Complex on the 23rd

“I like the whole prep process…you’ll play it the way you want”

Coach Bento at a press conference

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jang Bo-in = Coach Paulo Bento, who leads the Korean men’s soccer team, continues to worry about how to use Lee Kang-in (21, Mallorca).

At a press conference held online on the 22nd, one day before the evaluation match against Costa Rica, coach Bento said, “Lee Kang-in will be used when the team needs it. It’s a decision,” he said.

The Korean national team will play a friendly match against Costa Rica on the 23rd at 8:00 pm at the Goyang Sports Complex.

Before the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup opens, the only opportunity to test the ‘complete’ including overseas players is this time with Costa Rica and Cameroon (27th), two evaluation matches.

This is an important time for both coach Bento, who has to build the best members, and for the players who need to be in it.

Among them, the biggest concern is whether Lee Kang-in, who returned to the national team after 1 year and 6 months, will surely establish himself in the Bentuho.

However, Bento was wary of focusing all attention on Lee Kang-in.

He emphasized, “I know that the media and fans are very interested in individual players, but from the coach’s point of view, the team is more important. You have to think about the team, not the individual players.”

Regarding the Costa Rica match, coach Bento said, “We prepared as we always did. In the beginning of the week, we paid utmost attention to the recovery of the players. Some players joined late and needed a little more recovery,” said Bento. The process was good. I’m going to have a good game tomorrow so I can get results and play the way I want.”

Bento, a thoughtful manager
Bento, a thoughtful manager

(Paju = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Do-hoon = Coach Paulo Bento of the national football team is thinking for a moment during training at the NFC (National Training Center) in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, on the 22nd, one day before the evaluation match against Costa Rica.
The national team will play an evaluation match against Costa Rica at the Goyang Sports Complex on the 23rd and Cameroon at the Sangam World Cup Stadium on the 27th. 2022.9.22 [email protected]

As previously announced, the national team plans to try ‘change’ in the A match in September.

Bento said, “At the start of the call, we said we would try different things, but it’s about the tactical system. I don’t plan on using the same tactical system in both matches.” explained that

He continued, “We have a play style that we have built for a long time from the beginning, and Heung-Min Son has been using it in various positions such as a winger, a striker, and under a striker. We will see how it is used in the next game. And we are trying to make the most of it.”

We will also check the defense combination to keep the national team strong through various options.

Bento, who called three of the five full-backs, Kim Tae-hwan (Ulsan), Kim Moon-hwan (Jeonbuk), and Yoon Jong-gyu (Seoul), to the right full-back, said, “It’s not to worry, but to look at options. He is a player, but he was selected to see how he plays. After comparing various possibilities, I will think more about deciding which member of the World Cup to be.”

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