AL RAYYAN (Qatar), Nov 25 ― South Korea captain Son Heung-min will have to have time to re-adapt next his return from surgical procedure to stabilise a fracture all around his remaining eye, head mentor Paulo Bento mentioned right after they held Uruguay to a – draw in their Planet Cup opener yesterday.
Son, taking part in in a black protective mask, spearheaded the South Korean attack but did not have considerably impression as they had six attempts at goal but none on focus on.
Bento mentioned the 30-yr-outdated, who was hurt midway by Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League match at Olympique de Marseille this thirty day period, joined the squad only in modern days.
“Son is a player who, up until eventually his, personal injury, had steady rhythm and fantastic functionality,” Bento said of Son, who had five goals and two helps for Spurs this season in advance of the Planet Cup.
“He had a severe harm, he was inactive for a significant time. He joined the team only in the past number of days.
“After an injury and getting uncovered to much more intense online games, it is natural it will choose him some step to re-adapt.”
Son stated the recreation was hard and rigorous but felt South Korea fought tough and could have taken all 3 details.
He said he had no problem wearing the mask.
“I come to feel okay, I am not the only 1 to don a mask, I’ve seen other gamers sporting the mask,” he told reporters.
“I experience relaxed, I’m just pleased that with the mask, I can play.”
Improved first half
Bento explained South Korea experienced a much better 1st fifty percent than the next simply because the good quality of the Uruguay group, which consists of veteran striker Luis Suarez and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, shone via.
“I feel it was a wonderful match in general, a match that was really competitive with a very high stage of participate in. Two groups that respected every other,” he explained.
“We realized it would be a hard sport, we realized the high-quality of our opponents. They have gamers who are pretty developed technically, incredibly superior bodily and extremely expert. This was a extremely great match from our side.
“We were struggling a minor little bit for the reason that they were being incredibly superior-good quality players … but we conceded extremely small to our opponents.”
The Portuguese coach reported that the knock picked up by Kim Min-jae, who performs for Serie A facet Napoli, also disturbed the team’s defensive designs.
“I you should not have adequate knowledge to make opinions (about his harm). We will see what will come about,” Bento said.
“Because of his injuries, it hindered our functionality as we could not go on the recreation as we experienced… We struggled to consider our defensive lines to other regions and then made the decision to lessen it and team them together.
“Min-Jae is a player who performed nearly all matches (in the Champions League for Napoli) in a quick time and, as a consequence, we now have an harm in the World Cup.”
South Korea, who are at their 11th Globe Cup, are level on one issue with Uruguay in Team H. Ghana perform Portugal later on on Thursday. ― Reuters