The Korean national soccer team under the age of 24 (U-24), led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong (55), was warmly welcomed by hundreds of fans, including women with bouquets and placards, and realized its third consecutive victory in the men’s football Asian Games.
In particular, when Lee Kang-in (22, Paris Saint-Germain) and Jung Woo-young (24, Stuttgart) appeared, fans shouted “Lee Kang-in~Lee Kang-in~” and cheered.
Coach Hwang Sun-hong said, “I think it was a really happy competition with great players and great staff. It was a competition with good memories, but I think we could build a golden tower of three consecutive losses thanks to the people’s support until late. I will work hard to develop Korean soccer from now on. I ask for a lot of praise and encouragement from the players,” he said.
Then, in an interview with reporters, Hwang said, “I can’t adapt well.” It’s unfamiliar to be welcomed after being criticized every day. I don’t think it’s bad. I will do my best to be welcomed more in the future,” he said. 스포츠토토
“I thought it would be very difficult, but our players did their best, and the players, support staff, and coaching staff became a trinity to win the gold medal,” he said.
Regarding his soccer style, he said, “I don’t want to play soccer using one person,” emphasizing Eoulim soccer.
When asked which game was a crisis, he said, “I think it was a game against Uzbekistan. We led the game as we played, and it was a difficult game because the Uzbek style was straight and powerful. After overcoming that crisis, I have confidence in winning the championship,” he replied.
Regarding the first run in the final against Japan, head coach Hwang said, “I was flustered,” adding, “But I emphasized psychologically to our players, so I thought there was a chance if I didn’t shake psychologically. Fortunately, Baek Seung-ho and others took the center stage, so I was able to find my pace and win. Other players also did their best,” he said.
Regarding Jung Woo-young, who scored eight goals to become the top scorer, he said, “I didn’t know there was such an amazing decision. I hope he will continue to show such determination.”
Asked if he would take Lee Kang-in to the Paris Olympics, coach Hwang said, “I want to take all of the age groups.” “I didn’t get a stamp from Kangin, but I think I have to do it.”
Regarding Lee Kang-in’s answer, he said, “It’s a question mark. He didn’t give me a definite answer. “I don’t know”
When asked about his commitment to the Paris Olympics, Hwang said, “We have to prepare well. The association or federation should help. “Japan and Uzbekistan have prepared for three years,” he said.
He then said, “We don’t get called up a few times, but that also makes a difference. We need supporting so that we can prepare hard. I sincerely ask for it,” he said. “I think it is competitive only when we can train for two to three weeks during the winter training in January. It can be very difficult if it doesn’t happen. I hope it will help the club and the federation, he said.