Tunisia’s coach Jalel Khadri, who will be facing the South Korean national soccer team in their first October A match, described the country as similar to Europe with a lot of “European flavor,” and looked forward to a match that will be a good test for both countries. “I am very happy to come to Korea,” he said at a press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Wednesday. It’s been a long journey and the time difference has been tough, but the hotels and facilities are all good, so I think we’ll be in optimal condition for the game,” he said, adding, “We’ll prepare well.”
Tunisia will face South Korea in a friendly at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Tunisia, ranked 29th in the FIFA rankings, is similar to South Korea (26th) and was eliminated from last year’s World Cup in Qatar after one win and one draw in the group stage, but the team showed promise, beating France and drawing with Denmark. Qadri, who also coached Tunisia at the World Cup, said: “South Korea is a team that reached the round of 16 at the World Cup. They could have made it to the quarterfinals or even the semifinals, but everyone knows that Brazil (whom Korea faced in the round of 16) is not an easy opponent.”
“After the World Cup, they had a lot of changes, including a new coach. “I think we’ve made a difference and improved in a short time with the new coach,” he said, adding, “We need more time, but the arrival of Jürgen Klinsmann will be a big boost for Korea.”Qadri, who has also coached clubs in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has ties to Asian soccer, prepared for the two games against South Korea and Japan this month ahead of the start of African qualifying for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup next month.
“South Korea is a very fast team with a lot of possession. “They have a lot of good individual players and they play well as a team,” he said. “They have a lot of players who play for big clubs in Europe, so even though it’s Asia, I think the feeling is similar to Europe. “Korea has one of the best strikers in the world, Son Heung-min (Tottenham), but Korea is especially strong as a team,” he said, adding, “They have a lot of fast and individual players on the offensive line, and we are determined to stop them as a team.”
“I know they are preparing for the North and Central American World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup next year. “It will be a good challenge for us, and they can use us to prepare for the Arab countries,” he said, adding that it would be a “good test for each other.”Tunisian defender Ali Abdi, who was accompanying Qadri, said he had analyzed Korea on video and was confident.
“I don’t know all the names of the Korean players, but I’ve seen them on video,” he said. “We have to stop the whole team. We have prepared well. “”He’s still young, but he’s a great player,” Abdi, who plays for SM Caen in the French second division, said of South Korean Lee Kang-in, who plays for French “big club” Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), “He’ll play a good role at PSG, and I think he’ll have a better future. After the press conference, the Tunisian squad took part in an official training session at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. Only the first 15 minutes were shown to 스포츠토토 the media, including some light running and ball touches.