Tactics of strength, creativity of genius…Klinsmann’s ‘autonomous soccer’ is the culmination of the…
At the pinnacle of the ‘freedom’ that national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann emphasizes is the ‘genius’ Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain).
The Korean national team’s Lee Kang-in has been in peak form in the A-match lately. After a stellar October, he followed it up with a goal and an assist in the first game of November, a 5-0 win over Singapore in the second round of World Cup Asia qualifying on Nov. 16. The rest of the goals that didn’t lead to offensive points came from Lee Kang-in. He was practically the MVP of the game.
In fact, the first half against Singapore was frustrating. Singapore effectively set up a “two buses” near the penalty box, making it difficult for the Korean forwards to get into the attack.
It was Lee Kang-in who broke the ice. In the 44th minute, Lee sent an exquisite cross from the right corner of the penalty box to Cho Kyu-sung, who was getting in behind the defense. Cho received the pass and calmly finished to give Korea the lead. While Cho’s movement and determination were good, Lee Kang-in’s creativity shone through as he saw a pass that few players would have seen and connected with the ‘courier’ with precision. It ended what could have been a difficult second half.
Lee continued to shake up the Singapore defense in the second half with his creative passing and flashy dribbling. In the fourth minute of the second half, Hwang Hee-chan headed home a cross from Cho Kyu-sung to add a second goal 아톰카지노 도메인.
With his recent goal-scoring form, Lee added the icing on the cake in the 40th minute with a powerful left-footed unstoppable shot.
Lee is the player whose place in the national team has expanded the most under Klinsmann. Under former boss Paulo Bento, Lee was a marginalized player. His inclusion in the final roster for the World Cup in Qatar was an anomaly. He didn’t even start every game in the tournament. However, Klinsmann categorized Lee as a core part of the team and gave him an almost full-time role. Aside from the two games he missed in September due to injury, Lee started six of the remaining seven games and played without a substitution in four of them.
His numbers are impressive. In just seven games, he has four goals and two assists, scoring an offensive point almost every game. Even though he’s not a striker, he’s a very decisive scorer.
One of the things Klinsmann emphasizes in his attackers is freedom. He wants his players to create chances with their own creativity and ability in the attacking area. It’s all about individual skill, and Lee is one of the most creative players on the team, energizing the attacking line with his creativity.
Son Heung-min, who scores goals from multiple positions and draws defenses, Lee Jae-sung, who is the salt of the earth with his off-the-ball movement and accurate passing, Hwang In-beom, who anchors the center, and Cho Kyu-sung, who holds up the front line and scores goals, are important, but Lee Kang-in, who creates something out of nothing with his genius, is the key player in Klinsmann’s team.
Lee will be the most important player in the second match against China in Shenzhen, China on June 21. With China likely to play a defensive game, Lee’s performance will be crucial.