Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (58) praised Lee Kang-in (22, RCD Mallorca), but did not use him as a starter for the first game. Former coach Paulo Bento had a history of ignoring Lee Kang-in and then surprisingly selecting him for the 2022 Qatar World Cup team. This is the reason that makes us speculate that only Klins may have entered into a ‘pushing and pushing’ with Lee Kang-in from the beginning of his appointment.
The Korean national soccer team, led by coach Klinsman, will play a home match against Uruguay in the March A-match evaluation match at Seoul World Cup Stadium at 8:00 pm on the 28th.
The national team, which drew 2-2 in the evaluation match against Colombia held at Munsu Soccer Stadium in Ulsan on the 24th, returned to the Paju NFC (National Football Team Training Center) on the 26th after a break and began training in preparation for the match against Uruguay. It is a rematch with Uruguay about four months after meeting at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. At that time, Korea drew 0-0.
On the 27th, the day before the game against Uruguay, coach Klinsman held a pre-game press conference at the Paju NFC and said, “Lee Kang-in is a young and talented player, and he is receiving a lot of attention in Korea. A good coach, Mallorca coach. I know personally, but if I continue to play for my team and grow steadily, I will gradually increase my playing time for the national team.” 스포츠토토
At a press conference before the game against Colombia on the 23rd, Klinsman praised Lee Kang-in as “a player who plays high-quality soccer.” That’s why Kang-in Lee was expected to start, but the one who was selected first was the small Jung Woo-young (Freiburg). Lee Kang-in was replaced by Jung Woo-young in the 15th minute of the second half and stepped on the ground, but there was no outstanding performance.