“Because I was avoiding Japan? Not at all. I was smiling because my uneasy premonition was correct.” That’s how Jürgen Klinsmann responded when asked if he “avoided Japan” by finishing second in his group at the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup in Qatar .If South Korea had topped the group, many believed they would have faced Japan in the round of 16 and had a tough battle. “We had no intention of avoiding Japan at all,” Klinsmann said at the official press conference held at the Media Center (MMC) in Doha, Qatar, on the 29th. “Our goal was to top the group and advance to the next round. “We had 85% possession and a lot of corners (nearly 30) against Malaysia in the third game of the group, but we couldn’t finish,” he said, adding, “When we conceded the last goal against Malaysia, I laughed because it was exactly what I predicted.
Klinsmann was criticized at home for smiling after conceding a goal against Malaysia (3-3), and international media were also puzzled .On the other hand, the Saudi game is also a matchup between two managers of the same age, both former strikers who had successful careers in the game .It will be interesting to see how Klinsmann (Germany), who is criticized for giving his players a lot of freedom but no tactics, will bring victory against Roberto Mancini, who is currently the world’s most expensive coach (about $36.25 billion).Let’s watch the video .Produced by Wang Jiwoong and He Jisong Sources: Yonhap TV-Reuters-AFP-YouTube KFATV_ South Korea National 스포츠토토존 Football Team