AL RAYYAN (Qatar), Nov 25 ― South Korea captain Son Heung-min will will need time to re-adapt adhering to his return from surgical procedure to stabilise a fracture around his remaining eye, head coach Paulo Bento mentioned just after they held Uruguay to a – attract in their Earth Cup opener yesterday.
Son, playing in a black protecting mask, spearheaded the South Korean attack but did not have significantly effect as they experienced six makes an attempt at purpose but none on goal.
Bento claimed the 30-yr-old, who was wounded midway by way of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League match at Olympique de Marseille this thirty day period, joined the squad only in modern times.
“Son is a participant who, up right up until his, injuries, experienced constant rhythm and fantastic effectiveness,” Bento stated of Son, who experienced five targets and two assists for Spurs this year just before the Planet Cup.
“He had a critical damage, he was inactive for a sizeable time. He joined the crew only in the very last several times.
“After an injury and being exposed to more intense game titles, it is pure it will choose him some move to re-adapt.”
Son explained the activity was difficult and rigorous but felt South Korea fought really hard and could have taken all 3 points.
He stated he had no challenge wearing the mask.
“I sense ok, I am not the only a person to use a mask, I have witnessed other gamers putting on the mask,” he advised reporters.
“I come to feel snug, I am just content that with the mask, I can perform.”
Improved to start with 50 %
Bento stated South Korea had a much better 1st 50 % than the 2nd because the excellent of the Uruguay team, which features veteran striker Luis Suarez and Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, shone by way of.
“I consider it was a good match in normal, a match that was really aggressive with a quite superior stage of perform. Two teams that revered every single other,” he claimed.
“We understood it would be a hard sport, we understood the high quality of our opponents. They have gamers who are incredibly evolved technically, very great bodily and quite professional. This was a quite good match from our side.
“We ended up struggling a little bit for the reason that they had been extremely large-top quality gamers … but we conceded quite very little to our opponents.”
The Portuguese mentor stated that the knock picked up by Kim Min-jae, who performs for Serie A aspect Napoli, also disturbed the team’s defensive strategies.
“I never have ample details to make feedback (about his personal injury). We will see what will transpire,” Bento said.
“Because of his injuries, it hindered our functionality as we could not continue on the game as we had… We struggled to get our defensive strains to other places and then determined to decreased it and group them alongside one another.
“Min-Jae is a player who played just about all matches (in the Champions League for Napoli) in a short time and, as a consequence, we now have an damage in the Planet Cup.”
South Korea, who are at their 11th Environment Cup, are amount on 1 issue with Uruguay in Team H. Ghana play Portugal later on on Thursday. ― Reuters